Working with cliché is never easy. The paintings are carefully constructed, starting as small drawings, and then becoming large works on paper before being translated to canvas. Carson’s fluid hand and command of the paint allows her to retain the spontaneity of the original gesture. Her wit and painterly skill takes these seemingly obvious juxtapositions away from the platitudes of rational thinking, infusing them with a koan-like aura. The relationship of the three elements—the two words and the face—speaks to the human condition and build on the emotional response evoked by the separate components.
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