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Kristin Casaletto

Artist Statement Submitted 2016

I am inclined toward art, and I’m interested in the Socratic notion of the examined life. Consequently, I’m interested in art as a pursuit of meaning. Art allows me to use physical materials to capture human complexities so they can be contemplated without slipping away. My works often focus on the uncomfortable intersection between contemporary times and timeless need for larger meaning. They tend to allude to many states simultaneously. These numerous allusions are likely the reason many of my images operate more like poetry than prose; they can be interpreted on multiple levels. This is true of the series I am currently working on, Self-portraits as America. This is a suite of paintings, prints, drawings, and sculptures that explores contemporary possibilities for the portraiture genre, using it as a basis for a sophisticated critique of contemporary American culture, complacency, and conscience.

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