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Eric Standley

Artist Statement Submitted 2015

My work is inspired by geometry from Gothic and Islamic architectural ornamentation in an attempt to capture a reverence for the infinite. I am interested in the conceptual migration from the permanence and massiveness of stone to the fragility and intimacy of paper.

I reference Søren Kierkegaard’s essay Either/Or as a metaphor for my natural attraction to paradoxes. I am dyslexic. Obsessively detailed fractions and broadly holistic concerns are consciously separated but equally vital in my work, just as Kierkegaard’s aesthetic and ethical divisions present different ways of living. There is a harmonic relationship between aesthetics and ethics that is played out in the things that I do naturally. Methodology is refuge for determination. The results are footprints; static indexes of my compulsive behavior.

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