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Proximity is an artistic principle relating to placing objects near each other in a painting to help tell a story…to create meaning. It, also, relates to human interactions, i.e. Intimacy or loneliness. My painting “We the People” depicts both ideas. I group certain objects together to create a contemporary meaning for Picasso’s Guernica and Goya’s Dog. The lone dog that is isolated in the middle of the painting watches the circle of chaos around him with concern or fear. The proximity of the golden calf, for example, staring down on the masked man with money in his pocket, who towers over the wailing woman, suggests alienation and disdain for suffering. There is tension in this discordant group of three just as there is tension in the posture of the delivery man who is isolated in the painting.
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