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Maggie Evans

Artist Statement Submitted 2017

Western art has long emphasized the uniqueness of each human being. But beneath these independent identities and myths of rugged individualism lies our deep, intrinsic desire to be part of a group. The group provides security and comfort, but it is also vulnerable to manipulative leadership, oppression of independent thought, and exclusion of those seen as “others.”

My current body of work includes paintings, drawings and site-specific installations that examine this propensity towards collective behavior and its resulting power structures and homogeneity. Uniformity and repetition are more important than individuality in my work. Yet simultaneously, we are vaguely aware that it is the repetition of individuals that creates this unsettling uniformity. The specific purpose and location of the imagery in my work remains undefined and irrelevant, further emphasizing the sheer ubiquity of our collective behavior.

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