The Visitor, 2007-2010
 
 
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Part II




I'm fascinated by the qualities that come to the fore when detail is almost obliterated by extremely soft focus. In the Still Life series, this withholding of detail creates a sense of ambiguity between the real and the artificial and pushes the viewer's attention to the surface of the print, where the smearing of colors recalls impressionist brushwork. The Visitor series, begun around the same time, shares both the technical device of soft focus and the centrality of the figure. Here, though, the figure is live, the scenes are more dynamic, and the palette is more restrained, focusing attention on the emotional and gestural content of a series of simple tableaux and the way these gestures accumulate meaning to suggest a narrative arc.

 
 
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