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CHERISSE ALCANTARA: Suggestive Narratives
March 3 - 26, 2017
Reception: Friday, March 10, 6-9 PM

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Seemingly ordinary people and events contain strange and incomprehensible elements which interest me greatly. To explore the significance in these everyday observances is what drives me. I am drawn to contemporary figures involved in their complex internal world, caught unawares and doing ordinary things. Furthermore, I examine the tension between our internal drives and the external world in the context of contemporary urban life.

The characters I incorporate in my paintings are anonymous strangers I have encountered. In most cases they are sourced from self-made imagery. I carefully stage, create scenarios for and isolate them in both familiar and equivocal spaces. They become suspended between the real world and the dream world—reflecting the experiences we have of belonging and not belonging; of connection and dislocation between our selfhood and society; and lastly, of our uncertain and fragile identities and relationships.

Atmospheric elements and shadows recur in my works often and I build layers of paint and marks to achieve these effects. I am highly in tune with the lighting, mood and negative space, as they are an integral component in my paintings. They become a continuation of the figure’s state of being and condition.

What I seek are the ambiguities and the question marks in the imagery. It is the very act of painting with its slowness, labor and thinking through the paint, which allows for this reflection. Through suggestive narratives, I want to leave room for the viewer to enter into and engage with the painting.
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