Sutton Allen

Sutton Allen

The reflection is immediate proof of a world like, yet entirely different from, our own. Images appear and disappear, lights flash and flicker in the distance, reality tilts and elongates. It is my belief that the painter, scientist, or philosopher ought to concern themselves with the world at hand, I therefore turned my attention to my immediate surroundings, finding first the idiosyncrasies of surface reflections and illusory space. The cross section of my studio’s windowsill, objects in near reach, anatomical devices, and my own image in mirrors and windows served as the entry point by which I defined my self in relation to the object, my being in relation to the world, the personal experience against the cultural experience. Seeing one’s self, in artifacts, in personal belongings, in mundane objects is the validation of our existence. Painters, from Lascaux to Richter, have sought to do the same: place and define themselves in this world.

SIUE 2020
MFA & BFA EXHIBITIONS
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