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Edward Rice
South Carolina

Artist Statement Submitted 2014

Late in 2012, I began a new series of paintings designed to address some long standing issues with my work. Although I accept the validity of representational painting in the twenty-first
century everything else seems to be a big question: What to represent, and why and how, etc.
My idea was to deal with this using a single motif: an eighteenth century ruin on the Georgia coast, depicted out of context (i.e. without its native landscape). Using a wide selection of
materials (kept organized by a daily log), I produced fifty paintings over an eighteenth month period. Each work is unique one way or the other - either by color, tone, surface, scale, size, or reference. Diverse references include early nineteenth and early twentieth century painting, medieval heraldry, and contemporary road signs.

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