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Leo Twiggs
South Carolina

Artist Statement Submitted 2014

Every artist must create from his encounter with the world. Born in the South, the scents, the atmosphere and other things I remember act to shape my imagery. Through that imagery I try, in Baldwin’s words, “to lay bare the questions that have been hidden by the answers” and portray mankind’s “quiet desperation” to which Thoreau referred.

Batik allows me to get a specific feeling in my work. Its inherent spidery web-like linear patterns and mottled surface are, to me, expressive of an aging process, the struggle to survive, not just of the world, but time itself. It reminds me of the dignified dinginess of growing up poor, as we did, never having anything new. Realizing that our struggle was mankind’s basic struggle, that we were not alone, might explain why my figures are not just black or brown, but purple, red, blue, yellow and white.

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