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Troy Dugas

Artist Statement Submitted 2020

Exploring symmetrical and radial drawings requires concentration and meditation. The lines divide the two dimensional space and become mystical and alchemical maps used to guide the placement of marks, symbols, lines, textures, color and patterns. Focused awareness and openness to this map help make critical decisions as the work develops.

Occasional figurative compositions of men, flowers, or animals create levity in the overall work. They are made using the same collage technique and materials and are elevated to a heightened stylization. They provide a different kind of map that is less assertive and organized and suggest a primitive other worldliness and pathos.

Cut and shredded product labels were the primary material for my collages for over 15 years, but for the last several years, I’ve been creating and accumulating my own painted and block printed papers to explore the workings of the original designs buried underneath.

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