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This is the last piece of an abstract series I did in 2011. It is composed of three separate layers, fused together with contact cement. The top layer, covered in black fractal patterns which have been burnt into the cardboard using high-voltage electricity, makes it appear that the center image is pushing outwards.

The second layer is covered in a repeating stamp pattern, which reads "Girl", warped and upside down. This is supposed to serve as a metaphor for the process of stamping/labeling to imply meaning. The illusion that the central image is emerging from the piece is symbolic of the meaning that is being imbued into the piece as it is being viewed.

The bottom red layer, whose texture has been achieved through the application of salt onto the gouache, is reveled by the burning away of the second layer. It is only through the burning away of the repeated stamp pattern that the face of the "Girl" emerges.

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16.0" x 20.0"
Gouache and High-voltage electricity on Cardboard

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