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Steven Ketchum

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The best two words I can conjure to describe my work are "awkward" and "disconnect".

Originally this disconnect had to do with a figure unable to come to terms with their environment or pictured peers. They were drawings of people who couldn't manage the small caveats of the external world. However, I have come to open my visual language and now any number of things can represent this kind of friction, not just bodily characters. Scenes may include landscapes, strange twists of nature, or conflicted forms battling for pictorial space.

I often prefer drawing with a biro (or ballpoint pen) because of its oily slickness. Between its quick black lines and ambiguous grays, it has the range of qualities I enjoy.

My visual influences include Carter, Luc Tuymans, Peter Doig, Giorgio De Chirico, Francis Alys, and Juan Munoz. My literary influence includes Foucault, Camus, Umberto Eco, and Baudelaire.