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Harumi Abe

Artist Statement Submitted 2020

These layered landscapes, overlapping memories and swaying perspectives represent a “topography of our intimate being,” while they visually materialize belonging. As Bachelard’s Poetics of Space imply, the Sunshine State’s volatile backgrounds or every corner that I explore partly remind me of “home”, Japan. I have a charged history with the places where stark differences provide meaningful connections that negotiate my direct experiences with these settings. Paintings intend to magnify a morphing relationship as a result it creates a hybrid landscape. The emotional palette and architectural layout contribute to shakkei or “borrowed scenery” in my search for a balance and unity in design through color and placement.

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