Artwork by Margaret Withers
Painting the American Anti-Story 2013 edition 1
by Margaret Withers
I describe my artwork as fragmentary narrative landscapes, or anti-stories that contain a flash of action or the hint of a non-linear narrative. They're visual contemporary companions to writers such as, Lydia Davis, Martha Ronk, or Diane Williams. The icons that I use within these abstract landscapes are narrative motifs that touch on the conflicting ideas of joy and melancholy, as well as community and aloneness in regards to the concept of home and communication. I like to use the house as a symbol in my paintings because their simplicity obscures the complex and uniquely personal relationship that each viewer has to an idea of ‘home’. The telephone poles are a universal and quickly fading icon of communication that symbolize emotional connection, formality, privacy, disconnection and alienation.
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one mind's imagining into another Published November 23, 2013