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Island Funeral, 2021

$2,300

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Description

The prints in the American Histrionics Series are “collaborations” with American landscape painters. These paintings (and their reproductions) have supported western expansion, in which my Mormons ancestors played a significant part. As a queer descendent of Mormon pioneers, I aim to reset the narrative. Relying on the misnomer of “virgin wilderness” I have recast the “virgin” as out-spoken, ebullient volcanoes and revealing themselves in these landscape paintings; cracking the Catskills with explosions, letting lava flow at Montauk, scattering alphabetic stones throughout. These are later painstakingly screen-printed, typically 40 or more layers by hand, onto large high-resolution reproductions of the paintings. The image on the left is the key. Each of these gem-like volcanic stones are embedded in the landscape on the right. With the key a narrative from "nature" can be decoded. Each are diptychs, which can be stacked vertically or hung side-by-side. Each is 23 x 27 inches

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T5OUE
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Medium

prints | mixed media

Details

23.00 x 60.00 x 0.25 in | 58.42 x 152.40 x 0.63 cm

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Shawn Bitters Studio

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