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Nicholas Fedak II

Artist Statement Submitted 2017

SPLENDOR & DECAY is a series of color photographs taken in and around Richmond, Virginia. Although splendor and decay are thought to be exact opposites, they can exist in a photograph to create a dynamic juxtaposition of the present with the past. Peeling paint, building vestiges of what used to be, stores forever closed, and ghostly gothic exteriors are the images I have conjured up to represent what is and always will be the glorious South. My work is transparent and fleeting, as is memory and the intangible, evanescent past.

With my body of work, the past is yet to come!

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