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Melody Croft

Artist Statement Submitted 2019

I paint people in oil and watercolor and look inside of what appears to be seen. The common thread and guide in my work is humanity. Therefore, unlike the lens of a camera that objectively documents a moment in time and space, my lens subjectively observes. My untraditional, realistic narratives converge the real and imagined to examine the status quo and social norms of modern life. I want to invite viewers to look and consider the psychological, sociological, or emotional complexities of race, gender, age, and culture.
I attribute my style to the hundreds of young children I knew in my 30 years as a teacher. The daily interactions with the children and most importantly, the moment-by-moment immersion into their concrete thinking rests on my canvases via simplistic lines, shapes, values, and textures in vivid colors.

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