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Artist: Amanda Dickson

This series of paintings addresses the issue of objectification and the suggestion that as humans, we often interact and communicate with each other in a very impersonal, lifeless, monotonous manner. We lose sight of the importance of recognizing people as multi-faceted, complex beings, thus oversimplifying our existence. The subjects denies viewers access to information about whom the individual is and instead causes the subjects to lose their personal identities and become a group of parts, taking on a detached existence. I have re-created this situation with the intention of bringing the audience to a certain level of awareness regarding their own potential for objectifying as they view the work. Viewers participate in this reenactment of objectification in an effort to initiate the uneasy feeling that may serve as motivation for positive, personal change.