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Tamara Rafkin
South Carolina

Artist Statement Submitted 2016

I believe people are connected to their spaces. The cultures and societies we as humans have formed are mirrored in our cities, towns, and landscapes. The way we have constructed them is an interaction with our feelings and beliefs. As the outward personification of interior thoughts and feelings, our spaces have become visible stories of whom we are, constructed to comfort and form the societies they encapsulate.
My work can seem documentary at first glance, but it is about the feeling held in the place or image. Working not just as a visual narrative, but a larger metaphor for a discourse about emotion. It goes beyond just a social observance on my part, engaging the viewer in a dialogue about how I was feeling while in the location and how they are feeling in relation to the artwork.

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