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PJ Mills

Artist Statement Submitted 2018

This work concentrates on the examination of common objects and how those objects represent and or symbolize ideas, and their possible metaphoric implications. Often referred to as “ropog- raphy”; or a depiction of things which lack importance; the everyday objects of life or those objects we take for granted. The paintings focus on personal possessions that I find curiously engaging. Sometimes I employ objects that ear mark religious or supernatural characters such as divining rods, masks, or spiritual fetish articles. The work may result in objects contextually placed in a still life setting or more ambiguous spaces. Although, my primary concern is with the metaphors that these objects present by themselves, I am aware that the images presented in a simple juxtaposition of two or more objects express more complex meanings. Ultimately, I would like the viewer to draw their own conclusions.

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