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Katherine Strause

Artist Statement Submitted 2014

Found photographs are the source material for these paintings. The compositions that are created allow us to be a witness, yet again, to familiar stories through images of our past. By altering and re-arranging the original compositions interesting subject matter tends to emerge.

The paintings are almost always of southern women, from their perspective. These women’s experiences are familiar, the joy, heartache and pain, their lives, their survivals. Part documentary, part naturalistic expression, these compositions give us a chance to examine familiar topics of gender, class and a genuine, shared existence.

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