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Shaun Whiteside

Artist Statement Submitted 2016

My work explores the metaphysical realm of emotionality through a painting and drawing process that employs physical forces. I depict emotional energies such as grief, despair, isolation, and wrath by utilizing physical energies such as gravity, water erosion, and sedimentation. By working on a vertical, horizontal, or slightly inclined surface, I use gravity itself as a medium to develop imagery that is dictated by natural law. Water erosion and sedimentation also determine parts of the visual outcome, as pigments are swept away from certain areas, and deposited in others where water accumulates and evaporates. I use the visual forms that develop to depict emotional forces and energies that are unseen but very real powers in the world. I sometimes combine this process with selected geometric shapes to create a spatial frame of reference as well as tension in the juxtaposition of the natural with the artificial.

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