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Tricia Butski
Nebulous

2015

$1,100

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Through drawings rendered in charcoal and ink, my recent work examines issues related to memory by exploring its limitations and aestheticizing the instability inherent in portraiture. The work allows the viewer to enter the subconscious space between remembering and forgetting. The figures and faces, which have been distorted through a repetitive layering process, manipulate our sense of familiarity. The original image becomes fragmented through this process, a conceptual procedure that corresponds to the experience of forgetting the semblance of the face, the body, and the subject. Through distortion and fragmentation, the figures take on a monstrous form. The familiarity of the face evokes comfort while simultaneously rousing a sense of distress. This creates an intermediary form that inhabits a space both real and imagined. The resulting image is neither entirely original nor fully invented, taking form as a realistic rendering of a fleeting moment. By challenging the boundaries between representation and abstraction, and questioning the relationship between fluctuation and constancy, the works become entangled and disordered, mirroring the viewer’s innate desire for clarity and their proclivity for drawing meaning out of partiality. Tricia Butski is an artist and educator living and working in Buffalo, NY. Trained in drawing and oil painting, she holds a BFA from Fredonia State University (2013) and an MFA from the University at Buffalo’s Department of Art (2015). She is currently a resident artist at Buffalo Arts Studio and an adjunct instructor at Erie Community College and Fredonia State University teaching foundation courses in drawing, painting, and 2D design. Butski recently completed a public mural in Art Alley of Niagara Falls, NY and her work has been featured in several publications including Studio Visit Magazine and Artists to Look Out For: Volume II.

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