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Anxiety and the Loss of Self

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Anxiety and the Loss of Self

9,500.00

Iris Polos (1999)

38 x 55 in.

prisma color pencil, gesso, collaged paper on canvas

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Iris Polos (1999)

38 x 55 in.

prisma color pencil, gesso, collaged paper on canvas

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more artworks available in gallery. contact us to schedule an appointment / request images.

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ANXIETY AND THE LOSS OF INTUITION
I feel the power of this specific painting is that it is so open to interpretation.  The human actors are stripped bare, and so hopefully can not be placed into a realm of “Them” or “Other” but rather “Humanity”.....displaced, robbed of individuality, pulled away from the culture that keeps an individual grounded in community.  I am alway struck – and outraged – by photos of war-ravaged villages, cities, and families. Seeing and knowing that these same places were once vibrant, alive places with unique cultures.  
In writing this, I find that it would be rather hypocritical not to point to the financial, class and racial “wars” going on in my own country which displace “Them” for “Us”.  Which strips the individual of dignity, community and often life itself, promoting fear and hatred; making humanity so much less than we could be. 

STATEMENT
'When speaking of "the world" we often refer to only its human population. Humanistic systems seem to strip other species of their sovereignty and numb our awe of them. My work strives to combat this very narrow view.

With the paintings I've attempted to keep the depicted creature connected to her natural environment, making habitats an integral element of the work. The sculptural relief aspects of the paintings are made from cut and formed card stock paper and rubber cement. They are then attached with heavy gel medium onto layers of textured paper on canvas and covered with colored gesso. They are representative of a relationship of vital interdependence with the drawn animal. The drawing is done with Prismacolor pencils using a glazing technique traditionally used in oil painting. Instead of thinking in terms of background and foreground I want to depict the true intertwining of each component, getting closer to a "realism" of what we see and how we all live in the world."

Iris Polos was born and raised in Oakland by two artists.  Having an artist mother and an artist father (a WPA, Works Progress Administration painter), Iris was raised with social activism in her blood.  She has continued the legacy of her family’s values thru decades of dedicated social activist art making practice.  Her work is unparalleled in courage and sense of justice.  She is a wildlife enthusiast of Greek descent who splits her time between the San Francisco and Monterey Bay areas. She earned her MFA in painting from California College of the Arts and has exhibited her work in galleries across the country. She is represented by Vessel Gallery (www.vessel-gallery.com, 510-893-8800.) For more information, please email info@vessel-gallery.com