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Nils Westergard

Artist Statement Submitted 2017

A duality is present in that which we put forth and that which is communicated unconsciously through our bodies. That which is unsaid is so often more important than which is said aloud. In my work I suspend these moments of tension in an attempt to find the awkward edges of composure and plumb the shadows of unrest. The surreal nature of some of these images is a translation of the minute, unconscious gestures and subliminal messages we send and receive throughout our interactions. Transcribing these to a monumental scale in my mural work allows the viewer to closer analyze what peeks from beneath the surface to ultimately betray the intent of the subject. And the time-intensive practice of hand-cutting stencils for my studio work allows me to do the same.

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