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Jason Hackett
Virginia

Artist Statement Submitted 2015

I understand the world in evocative fashion and view my artworks as both physical and philosophical memorials to ‘Closeness’. During the construction of new works in series, I commonly consider ideas such as the value of community and family, the honesty of both gross and tedious labor, the mysteriousness of the metaphysical, and the passage time.

Each piece is primarily assembled from objects made by hand and mold formed methods while select found manufactured ceramics are also utilized. Captured materials, images and forms; of man and of machine; from immediate and distant pasts are merged in commemorative context where contemplation defines their functional nature. Individually they are plates, plaques, found objects, and appropriated imagery. Collectively, they are symbols and metaphors simultaneously expressing proximity and distance, material and immaterial, and tangible and intangible.

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