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Michael Giles

Artist Statement Submitted 2017

My work stems from patterns and rhythms in the world. The paintings begin from finding spaces between words and lines in the text of "One Hundred Years of Solitude" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. These spaces/rhythms/patterns serve as the beginning of the paintings onto which I add color, line, and paint. The colors and patterns come from instinctual spaces in my head; they are worked and worked over on the canvas in layers which are considered, covered, and combined. These instinctual spaces are formed by ideas, images, and influences of my Venezuelan immigrant heritage forged with a Midwestern rural upbringing that is then overlaid with my current Appalachian existence. As with the Deleuzian "becoming", my paintings are an attempt to find a new meaning in the spaces between these disparate influences; an attempt to combine text into visual language; an attempt to find art in the facets of my life.

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