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Paolo Arao
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Clinton Hill



ARTIST STATEMENT: My intimately scaled paintings are part of an ongoing series of diptychs called Same as We. These abstractions are imbued with an emotional narrative, mining the intricacies of relationships that are equally about sameness as they are about difference. Can two paintings created in the same manner survive in the same manner when destroyed? My working process is a ritualistic archaeology, shaping and excavating the complexities of intimate relationships. Combining intuitive gestures with controlled applications of paint, layers of patterns and colors are configured to create a pair of paintings that appear in unison with each other, but then this visual symmetry is disrupted. And the building process begins again. The result is a multi-layered history; an unearthing of perfectly imperfect repetitions, intricate harmonies and dissonances that co-exist on and beneath each painting's surface; revealing beauty in flaws and a hopeful resilience.
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