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Clare Kambhu, no. 42, 2021




acrylic on panel. At a moment in which public education is highly contested, both threatened and threatening, we often see school furniture as a stand in for student bodies. I make observational paintings in public schools, teachers unions, and other bureaucratic spaces. The corners of desks, floor tiles, papers, and chairs are the focus of my attention. The slippery, textural paint application that I use to depict these hard surfaces alludes to the ways in which our idiosyncratic humanness can break through within the constraints of educational institutions. The brush strokes evoke the smudges and wear that the constant movement of people through these spaces creates. How can institutions, ostensibly designed to foster human development, become more fluid and responsive to those who inhabit them? What do we notice? What do we ignore? Where do we find margins, cuts, dents, or holes to operate within as humans?

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8.00 x 10.00 x 1.00 in | 20.32 x 25.40 x 2.54 cm

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