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David PalumboErotica // Tuesday, 22 Nov 2011
"I’ve always held a fascination with narrative images. Discovering and interpreting stories and information through pictures is a way to bypass the clumsy language part of our head and speak to and from the emotions inside. It’s a way to express ideas that are bigger than words and give significance to ideas which would sound trivial when said aloud. An idea expressed as an image becomes universal and adaptable to every person. In my paintings, I’m able to reshape the world. To translate emotional memories and nostalgias into the tactile and tangible. To render my figures and landscapes with an atmosphere of empathy and understanding. In doing this, the scenes that I paint take on the qualities of a dream. Colors and forms melt together and extraneous details are lost. Through open brush strokes and fragmenting textures, my narratives are put through a soft focus to encourage the viewer to participate on a deeper level. I want the viewer to fill in all of the open questions with their own answers and discover a reflection of their own self, just as each piece began as a reflection of mine."