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Dawn Robyn Petrlik

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As art has been assimilated into our culture and barrages us every day via print and video everywhere, the individual definition of the art experience is changing radically. I seek a genuine emotional connection with the viewer, and employ a growing list of materials and approaches to achieve this.The barrier of presentation/representation is one that I particularily enjoy experimenting with, and is a natural extension of the theatrical design that I have practiced professionally for over 10 years. This seeks to find something that feels "real" to the viewer, a connection to an experience or emotion with deeper echoes within their personal history. Stories from the past can reverberate with larger truths, but they must connect to an immediate experience in order to feel "genuine", and that is something that humans today revere even more as it's scarcity increases.

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