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Martha Mysko
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Gowanus



ARTIST STATEMENT: Like the screen of a bad television set, the work flickers between fantasy and reality. I build fractured narratives in a space between abstraction and representation. The work looks backward to recent pasts, but is not necessarily nostalgic. Re-utilizing materials, I construct, deconstruct, and then reconstruct. I find potential in the everyday and question conceptions of taste and value. Cultural and personal associations tied to objects and materials are disrupted through formal play, and explorations of perception and a painting space. There is a tug-of-war between impulsive action and careful decision making. I acknowledge, yet simultaneously resist a reliance on frames, and architectural sites. Gesture becomes structure. Surface feels impenetrable. Flat may become three-dimensional and three-dimensions may be presented as flat. Through hand painted surface and physical construction, I define and negate--blurring edges and boundaries. You may find yourself at once inside and outside. Often the work is sensitive to-- as opposed to specific--site, creating compositional unease. Hierarchies are called into question, and fractured elements become holistic yet remain simultaneously self-reflexive. I look for complexity in simple or understood relationships. Reflecting on technology and its relationship to the body, I build fluidly between the digital and the physical world, always with an insistence on materiality. Physicality bears weight on illusion.
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