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ananda balingit-lefils

Artist Statement

“These works are an investigation of portraiture as a way of documenting and exploring my relationships with, and perceptions of, close friends and family.  I am interested in the static nature and artifice of the posed portrait.  By referencing early American folk paintings I seek to depict the tender awkwardness that those works exemplify.  Both manufactured and factual, character traits are revealed through clothing, patterns, and props.  Each accoutrement helps to suggest a particular time period for each portrait.  However, I intentionally choose elements from disparate eras so that the innate nostalgia is nonspecific.”

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