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Sarah Emerson

Artist Statement Submitted 2015

My paintings and murals present viewers with highly stylized versions of nature that combine geometric patterns and mythic archetypes.  I use the landscape for impression, abstraction, symbolism, and sentiment to examine how contemporary landscape is transformed by human intervention and natural phenomenon.  Inspired by battlefields, natural and man-made disasters, and a haunted forest in Japan; my scenes are wasteland fantasies and barren landscapes populated with woodland creatures and ghost like faces peering out from the strange, abstracted scenes. I am reactive to current events so my paintings are make believe worlds dominated by terror management theory and symbolic totems that represent our collective desire to be optimistic and innocent in tumultuous times. The camouflage of beautiful colors combined with a deliberate composition present themes that reflect on the fragility of life, the futility of earthly pleasures, and the disintegration of our natural landscape.

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