Graphite on paper | 2022
Shawn Polmo asserts that most people have a character or voice in their heads — whether we call our conscience, a god, or guardian angel, humans tend to feel like someone or something is experiencing or viewing our lives with us. This series of pencil works on paper loosely explores the personification of those ideas, choosing this medium to create a smooth, stone-like image inspired by the great sculptures of Italy. The result is work that is powerful and magnetic, the viewer drawn into the large and graceful figures, each wearing an untroubled expression. The exaggerated features — some magnified and out of proportion — create an image that’s close to human, but somehow not quite.
45 x 32 inches
The work comes with a Certification of Authenticity signed by the Co-Founder of Tappan.
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“I would say most people have a character or voice in their heads. Whether you call it your conscience, your god, or guardian angel we as humans tend to feel like someone or something is experiencing or viewing our lives with us.”