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Dana McFarlane
Brooklyn, NY



ARTIST STATEMENT: My work deals with merging visual data. The eye reflection series in particular focuses on seeing a reflection in the eye. The reflection gets distorted much like each individuals perspective of an event. Each person has their own view on how they see the world. Through reflections I aim to show the world. These reflections start to take on a panoramic quality as I merge multiple distorted reflections. It becomes a view over a period of time; like a visual documentation of what has been looked at and reflected off of their eye. Some of these reflections become entirely abstracted. Others are a warped view of reality, an interpretation specific to that particular eye. Some reflections are off of human eyes, some off of animals’ eyes. While I have a series on merging reality and perspective in reflections, I am simultaneously working on the human figure. I have been obsessed with the human figure as a puzzle piece. My figures fit into and around each other to play with positive and negative space. They break space while merging with other forms and themselves. It is an ongoing project I take with me where ever I go. I find myself creating these puzzles of mostly humans on paper work, important documents and just about anything a ball point pen can write on. This manipulation of body and space continues to intrigue me.
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  • Sneaker
    2014
    black ball point pen on paper
    8
    Sketched a sneaker because I noticed all the hospital staff wearing different ones. Created my own deconstructive design that fills a reflected sneaker space.

  • Member Pro File
    2014
    black ball point pen on paper
    8" x 10"
    While waiting in a hospital I made a study of profiles. Just one view of a person. Member profiles are the view we want others to see.

  • Bird man face
    2014
    black ball point pen on paper
    8" x 10"
    While meeting with co-workers I sketched what I thought represented people courteously not seeing each other's point, while I observed like a floating body of water.

  • Travel
    2007
    ink on watercolor paper
    4' x 1.5'
    I used selected photographs of reflections in cow eyes and images of cow eyes to merge an experience of looking through those eyes.

  • Window eye
    2008
    Ink on watercolor paper
    4' x 5.5'
    Part of a series of large ink paintings reflecting people's experience. Their view in that instant the photo was taken.

  • Newborn eye
    2008
    Ink on watercolor paper
    4' x 5.5'
    Part of a series of large ink paintings focused on reflections in the eye. The experience that is caught in that reflection.

  • Fall eye
    2008
    Ink on watercolor paper
    4' x 5.5'
    Part of a series of large ink paintings reflecting people's experience. Their view in that instant the photo was taken.

  • Interior eye
    2008
    ink on watercolor paper
    4' x 5.5'
    Part of a series of large ink paintings reflecting people's experience. In this case I used two photographs instead of one. I used an interior and a person's eye from two different photos.

  • Travel 2
    2007
    Ink on watercolor paper
    4' x .5'
    Here I used multiple photos of reflections in peoples eyes at night to merge a continuous experience.

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  • Shared
    2012
    Oil pastels on paper
    8" x 10"
    This was part of a series of music covers done for Homem De Pao.

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