Belonging and distance

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Neeraj P. Sebastian (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Jennifer Meanley

Abstract: Through painting, I explore relationships, both between two individuals and between individuals and the communities they are a part of. I consider what is received and what is given up in order to belong. I am interested in thresholds in life, such as marriage and death, and the rituals that accompany them. I like to stage my paintings in worlds that might belong to dreams: these are spaces where emotions are amplified and small gestures—a hand on a shoulder—become the subjects of these paintings; the spaces range from the domestic to fantastical. The couple-form—a man and a woman—recurs often; the man and woman take on different roles. There is a sense of melancholy in many of these paintings; sometimes the specter of death, in the form of a skeleton, intrudes upon the figures. Colors are used to suggest emotional and psychological states of the figures depicted in the work. The imagery in these paintings is often discovered in the process of making marks.

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Language: English
Date: 2022
Death, Dreams, Intimacy, Myth, Painting, Relationships
Painting $y 21st century
Human beings in art
Intimacy (Psychology) in art

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