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Justin Mencel

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The underlying theme in my work is to explore the distance between presumption and certainty. By presenting a dimensional arrangement on a flat plane, it demonstrates an observer’s inability to see beyond the face a subject puts forth. When viewed in this way, the singular vantage point offers no allowance for full comprehension of an individual’s nature. The aesthetic of my subject matter is largely influenced by the innocence of primitive children’s toys, free of prejudice, and reflective of unsullied curiosity.

Executed as a hybrid of sculpture and painting, multiple cradled panels are fabricated from wood in assorted shapes and sizes as the start of my process. These substrates lock together to form the various sections of the overall silhouette, and the construction is designed to precisely match the anticipated contour of the final painting. Compositions take form by relating narratives to numbers and allowing the geometry to unfold.

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