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PJ Mills

Artist Statement Submitted 2015

These paintings represent visual metaphors that emerge from the examination of common objects in my life and how images of those objects relate to an “intimate” human condition. I feel metaphors for identity, self-preservation, and mortality stem directly and indirectly from inanimate and animate personal possessions. Referred to often as “ropography”; or a depiction of those things which lack importance, the everyday objects of life or those objects we take for granted. By focusing on insignificant objects I feel they often illustrate a greater significance pertaining to our addiction to possessions, our obsession with self-preservation, and ultimately our mortality.

Although, there are romantic notions in the personal subjectivity of this work, they are not grand statements of typical romantic artwork, but more closely related to Genre type statements of the mundane used as metaphors for grand ideas.

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