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PAULA CARLETON EVANS O, Cult Altered book and site specific installation Exhibited in Drawn in Books January 30 - March 6, 2021 Tomato Mouse, Brooklyn Artist Statement: Addressing the phenomenon of cults,“Bounded Choice” by Janja Lalich*, (published 2004) describes those who succumb to “Charismatic Authority Figures” as potentially anyone: yourself, for example. It advises on the identification of cults, their most common tricks for attracting devotees, the near-DNA level transformations that can occur under the sway of such an entity or individual, and tactical recommendations for assisting ex-members in creating healthier lives. My copy of this book has been drawn and painted on from the center outward, culminating at the cover, which is now marked by gold ornamentation and a leering dark eye reflecting the Sacred/Profane-cum-Conventional/Occult contents. Because half the country appears to be in a state of cultic enthrallment** with an inevitable awakening at hand, those of us who avoided this particular robbing of psychological equilibrium should acknowledge our own susceptibility to the condition, given the numbers at work, and at least attempt a partial grasp of the phenomenon if we can hope for re-assimilation in our lifetimes. Paula Carleton Evans is a Brooklyn based artist. At age 60, this is her gallery debut. Having painted throughout her life, she is now prompted to show her work due to concerns that COVID will nab her and she would endure infinity regretting her reluctance to share. *Carleton began working on the book prior to learning that it was recently made into an HBO film. Zeitgeist QED. **Each side regards the other in this way, generally speaking.

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mixed media | drawing | painting


9.00 x 6.00 x 1.00 in | 22.86 x 15.24 x 2.54 cm

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301 Saratoga Avenue , Brooklyn, NY 11233

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