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Allison Edge: Artist Statement
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These paintings are a slideshow of memories, daydreams, and nostalgia, documenting the fleeting moments photographed during adolescent summers and family vacations. The images, though often man-made creations such as pools, theme parks, and zoo habitats, are often bathed in sparkling sun, giving the feeling of an imagined ideal setting. In Palmetto Dunes 1989 the photographic source is so over-exposed to the sunlight that the painting becomes swathed in a golden haze at the top and the pool water itself is a pale magenta. The young diver is frozen in a quintessential halcyon summer afternoon, the future irrevelvant and obscured for now. The translation of these images through time, scale, and paint is an attempt to re-visit the fascination and innocence of the experiences they capture.