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I LIVE IN A DUPLEX - VIRGINIA BROERSMA

On Display: March 4, 2010 – May 3, 2010

Gallery TalkMarch 10, 2010 11:30-12:30pm
Fermilab Art Gallery, Wilson Hall

Artist Reception March 10, 2010 5-7pm
Fermilab Art Gallery, Wilson Hall

There's something instinctively compelling about looking at other people. I think it has to do with the anonymity- it tricks us into feeling like we know something about them as we imagine who they are, why they dress the way they do and what they had for lunch that day.
It has been this notion that drew me to working with the human face through portraiture: the idea that just by looking at a face your imagination can be activated in a way that makes you feel connected to the subject.
With my most recent series, I posited the idea that a double portrait could provide viewers with a source for imagining their own narrative through the assumed interaction or relationship between the two people. In the paintings, the faces erupt from their stark white backgrounds to confront the viewer. Subtleties in moods, characters, and psychological states- a tilt of the head and a jut of the chin- all tell part of the story.
My goal was to encourage presumptions and subjective feelings, to promote personal interpretation and to avoid definitive statements. This openness for personal relation is a hope for a real engagement between people and the paintings, for each person to be able to tell a part of the story.

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