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Lauren Scavo

In my body of work, I am working with charcoal on paper, focusing on landscape as my subject matter. My primary philosophical influence is phenomenology, a branch of philosophy that deals with the subjectivity of experience, as our knowledge of the world comes primarily through our senses. Because sensory input is the primary means through which we can interact with the world, as we are beings in physical forms, we rely on these senses for how we interpret our experiences. By placing a wide border around each small-scale drawing, I invite the viewer to consider one particular experiential moment.

In these works, I place emphasis on the sense of vision, by manipulating sources of light and contrast to exaggerate the way in which the mind processes visual cues, creating a heightened sense of light and atmosphere. At the same time, however, the framing and presentation of my subject matter is straightforward, and the depiction of forms and perspective creates the illusion of reality. In presenting the subject in an objective manner, I hope to call to mind the supposed objectivity of photography. My mark-making is expressive; however, since my finished pieces are so small in scale, the expressiveness of these marks cannot be seen unless the pieces are viewed from a close distance. Thus, I am seeking to depict the contrast between the objective depiction of nature and the subjective human element that is always present in our interpretation of our surroundings.