Artist Statement

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I am interested in work that resides in both objective and non-objective worlds. I am equally attracted to the gesture and the non-descriptive mark as well as the power and ambiguity of symbol and image. Painting inhabits a place between the known and the unknown.

This work draws from an inventory of images that make multiple, yet varied references allowing for content to shuffle, reinvent, and remake itself. Art, for me, does not provide answers but rather provokes questions and seeks possibilities. I am an image-maker and interested in the intersection of figuration and abstraction. The work reveals, in the face of injustice and exclusivity, a response to personal and global issues of time, place, memory, community, journey, and hope. Through the process of discovery I seek clarity while honoring mystery and ambiguity.

Wendell H. Arneson