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Donald Kolberg

Artist Statement Submitted 2015

“Pattern Women” is my expressions of the body and the human condition. The series of my mixed media paintings uses sewing pattern templates as underlying support on watercolor paper. In these works I bring a living quality to flat inanimate patterns by turning the original shapes into organic forms without the use of traditional figures. I create a literal transformation in which a sewing pattern for a sleeve becomes a leg; a leg becomes a torso and other template forms are transfigured into a variety of exploited images. My placement of the original templates along with the use of textural painting augments the works spatial qualities. I paint the surface with multiple layers of transparent and opaque acrylic washes. This allows original sewing instructions to still be visible throughout the art work, providing a contradiction, a tension, between the directive of the print and the reality of the painted image.

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