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Alicia Gibson

Putting the Fine back in Fine Art

 AGibson Putting the Fine Back in Fine Art

Artist Statement:

Confidence and vulnerability are two important factors in my work. My goal is to be confident in my mark making while vulnerable in my subject matter. I am definitely not trying to transcend, get at the sublime, nor some universal.

Often, I document what’s going on in my life through a humorous parody. In a sense the paintings are self-portraits, autobiographical in that they include the places where I was raised, my taste in music, travels, TV shows, and books I’ve read. After someone introduces me to a new pop obsession, I find myself wanting to absorb everything about them. If they’re a musician, I listen to them constantly. If a writer, I read all their books until I’m satisfied.

I transform bits of many references into my work to make a new commentary or stance with each detail not only contributing to the overall composition but also making it’s own, often hilarious, point. The work becomes a type of self-conscience irony.

While I use painting vocabulary, the paintings are more about an obsessive tic of the hand. My difficulty with perspective, along with the shake in my hand, creates strangeness, a shift in and out of the picture plane. This creates a constant circulation of the viewer’s eye. In addition, there is a hyper overall attention to detail because it shows the inventive motifs and the brushwork on an intimate level.

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