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PJ Mills

Artist Statement Submitted 2014

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. By focusing on small and in most cases insignificant objects often illustrate a greater significance pertaining to our addiction to possessions, our obsession with self-preservation, and ultimately our mortality. The concern for the material develops from entirely personal experiences and through obsessions I have with the human condition. Ultimately, this work is not “about” the objects represented but more about everything the objects represent.

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