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Francesco Lombardo
North Carolina

Artist Statement Submitted 2014

The Baroque and the effect of pentimento are two important sources that influence my artistic style. The aspect of Baroque art that I draw from most heavily is the intentional use of dynamic folds to be found in the clothing of both painted and sculpted figures. Deleuze writes that "[Baroque] folds of clothing acquire an autonomy and fullness that are not simply decorative effects. They convey the intensity of a spiritual force..." I want to employ this aesthetic and combine it with pentimento to convey a similar sensation of spiritual force that is unique to my own work. The marriage of these two influences are part of what make up the style I am currently exploring. My goal regarding painting is to instill in the viewer a sensation of abundant spirit, to impart vitality, whether in the form of euphoric rapture or brooding struggle.

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