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Sharon Kagan

Artist Statement

On first sight, these drawings seem to be photographs. From a distance, a drawing may appear to be an ambiguous image suggesting the body, weather systems, or patterns of organic growth. When the viewer gets up close to a drawing, it becomes completely abstract, a sea of small shapes.

A drawing begins with a digital photograph of intricate details of fibrous forms that are knitted by the artist in hemp string or rope. Shooting in low light results in out-of-focus photographs; enlarging the images exaggerates their blurriness. Using a Radiograph pen, the pixelated shapes that emerge are then outlined in ink. One of the intentions of this work is to reveal the unreliability of the photographic image in mediating our perception.

Recently color has become part of the drawings and paintings on canvas. This work begins with a small section of a larger drawing, which is enlarged, printed, and then gridded. Patterns within patterns emerge, with a faceted, jewel-like effect. The goal is to make the eyes dance.

The work is concerned with making tangible the knowledge of physicists and mystics, that all matter is composed of rapidly moving energy. Nothing is solid and nothing is separate. Everything is vibrating.

With this work, the hope is for the viewer to be uplifted and met in their deepest places. The black and white drawings are epic and theatrical, suggesting a mythological domain. Color takes the work in a different direction, as though the viewer has come to the other side of an inner journey. Color changes everything, allowing the work to become evocative and poetic.

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