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Nicholas Tisdale

Artist Statement Submitted 2020

In my work I distort the subjects from historical, contemporary, and propaganda pieces to call attention to the manufactured meanings and messages of the portraits. In my most recent series, I glitch the images of political figures by inserting the text from social media posts directly into the hexadecimal code of the digital images. All of the text information is derived from online disinformation campaigns of internet trolls targeting US voters. These trolls create fake personas by uploading images, retweeting hashtags, or posting comments that have no seeming connection to their goal. However, these curated data portraits make the propaganda they peddle more palatable to other online users. My work investigates the relationship between the innocuous surface of these portraits with their underlying subversive presence.

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