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Interior Landscape #1

by jmculver
This body of work is a representation of the interior of the body as a landscape. I wanted to create organic forms that investigate the anatomy of the human body. Visceral images of the intestines, gallbladder, and other internal organs deal with issues of space, form, and texture, all of which are important qualities for these paintings.

Initially I began each composition with surgical photographs as a source. The compositions were then manipulated to create a sense of depth using the images of the intestines and organs. The most important goal of these paintings is how the surface of the paint interacts with the imagery and creates a sense of depth and space. The viewer is able to travel through the space of the interior of the body.

I am not going after the idea of ³shock-value² with this body of work. Instead I am taking subject matter of something considered more ³grotesque² and making it physically ³beautiful.² This is done with composition, choice of palette, and paint application. The paint application is visceral, so as the viewer might want to actually interact and touch the painting itself.

The imagery is abstracted in the sense that it is just a view of the interior and not a depiction of the wound or outer surface of the body. This is important to create a sense of depth and to be more specific to how it is interpreted by the viewer. The viewer should interpret it as an interior of the body or as some sort of ³landscape.² It is not imperative for the viewer to recognize it as the interior at first. He/She should investigate the space and painting surface to come to that conclusion.
Medium: oil on canvas
Size: 48 x 60"
Price: 2500

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