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Ai S Campbell
Brooklyn, NY



ARTIST STATEMENT: For quite a while I have been obsessed with creating monochrome works. The black and white space enhances the contour of shapes allowing me to see vividly the simple yet critical elements of objects. Featuring the organic shapes that I encounter, such as water streams on a faded wall, layered leaves on a tree or my own tangled hair, I take the most basic configurations and work with their unformed elements to examine how they can interact each other. I think that single element have little life in isolation but they start to breath with others. The positive and the negative spaces are explosive on my canvases as adding objects directly subtracts the blank space. Determining the balance is fascinating to me. I remember the first time I discovered the beauty of black and white. It was when I first saw landscape drawings of my grandfather who was a successful industrial designer. When he was summoned to work in the war, he spent his spare time with drawing the places where he was stationed. The consistent 5 x 7 inch works contained fine details in the vivid contrast of black and white. Because he passed away before I was born, those drawings were my only interactions with him. Those impressions began an exciting journey for me and I’m excited to see where it takes me.
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