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Utopic is a body of photographic derived work from combing images of fabricated and artificial flora and fauna with commercially produced products such as processed food, domestic goods and pharmaceutical products to look at how these seemingly unrelated and absurd groupings begin to address attitudes and understandings of the contemporary experience. I'm representing the natural world through completely unnatural elements to speak metaphorically and symbolically of our mental separation from what is "real", and compare and contrast this with the consumer world we surround ourselves with as a consequence. Therefore, objects and dots all relate, in that they are all objects of desire. The dot for me represents that desire in its simplest symbolic form, a placeholder for whatever it may be that one feels he needs to be happy.

- Jason DeMarte

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