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Lacey Bryant at Cactus Gallery

Artist Statement:

In my most recent series I've been working to create haunting and beautiful environments layered together from fragments of real and imagined places. Abandoned buildings, vacant lots and the rolling hills of California are pulled from my meandering excursions in the Bay area and form the atmosphere of the series. Within these settings are common objects, trash and treasure. These are haphazardly littered along the ground or carefully arranged like holy relics placed in contradiction with the settings.

Marbles are suspended in air like small worlds to create a sense of movement and stillness at once, as if the motion of the scene is paused as you observe a moment outside of time. This bending of the rules of perspective and scale causes a dissonance within the picture plane that is intended to imbue the objects with special importance as well as to embrace the inherently false nature of art.

Figures are occasionally present in these scenes, although they take on a more anonymous and ghostly role than in my earlier works. Frequently shadowy, distant or turned away from the viewer, or with wild manes of hair obscuring their faces, these figures appear blind to the scenes that they are wandering through reenacting forgotten memories, trapped in repetition.

Lacey has been creating work for Cactus Gallery since 2010.

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