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Painting: Airbrush, Acrylic on Canvas.
This piece is part of an ongoing series called Fake News, whereby the theme is a commentary on the 2017 Presidential election and how false information lead to Trump as announced as President.
Each piece explored a duality of motific gesture – one is always brightly colored, translucent yet fractured, while the other is thicker, slightly raised out from the canvas with a rough, grainy and cracked texture. One is the “true” original created first, and the other side a pastiche upon it. Which one is the original? Is it more compelling, or does it become overshadowed? How much does the pastiche influence, block, fracture, or inhibit the original?
The unpredictable duality within each piece represents the manifestation of extremes. Juxtaposed truth and untruth disrupts the balance between fact and fabrication and the grey area of interpretation in between. Ultimately, these disruptions cloud our thoughts and feelings and, in turn, influences our decisions. Just like the Butterfly Effect proverb as causation for environmental catastrophe, the smallest inflection of ambivalence can cause us to react to interpretations of truth in unimaginable ways.