a crocodile passed by today, I said hello, he said hello, that annoyed me
The creatures in my paintings are vastly invested in catering to my sensibilities. Emotional cowardice, impulsive politeness: through them, I am relieved of those personal culprits. They lend ropes, take blame, spit in eyes, and color my streams of consciousness. Furthermore, they manifest personal and social arrays of vexing scenarios. Suffocating hierarchies, the monotony of existence, my paintings aim to offer respite from such malaise.
Ultimately, my paintings are resolving, absolving even, personal and societal grievances.
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© 2016 Mayra A. Villegas
Villegas, Mayra A., "Gettin' Good At Startin' Fires" (2016). CGU MFA Theses Exhibits. Image 1425.
Creatures, Impulsive Politeness, Emotional Manifestation, Suffocating Hierarchies
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