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Jason Paradis


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This is the first in a series of multi-panel paintings that reflect on camping trips from when I was 11 - 13 years old. The images in the painting are direct transfers from photographs taken at that time and re-interpreted now using multiple layers of paint – examining memories. We navigated these trips using topographic maps in order to find our bearings. Therefore, the panels have different thicknesses (elevations) and the line-work travels over the edges to connect pathways.

48"H × 64"W × 2"D
Mixed Media
Acrylic and image transfer on 16 panels
Each panel is 12 x 16 inches and all sixteen fit in a single box for shipping. The installation of each panel to the artwork grid is straightforward (especially for those who have installed art before). However, each panel needs to be installed in sequence in order to fit together properly. Clear instructions and hardware are provided.


In my art, there is a sense of contemplation or of reverie that speculates on fundamental mysteries – this being the result of a lot of camping under an expansive sky in the northern Canadian wilderness. There, questions emerged regarding the existence of something much larger than the immediate world. I am very interested in a moment where the past, present, and future collide. Modes of my current environment, laced with reflection, memory, and speculation, filter into the development and translation of the work. This disjunction demands a layered approach in both the meaning and implementation of the artwork. The pieces end up feeling like some sort of phenomenon (either natural or supernatural) has occurred, or is occurring. They are at once primitive, timely, and futuristic.

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