Debbie KupinskyAppleton, Wisconsin

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My work investigates the role of objects and images as carriers of meaning and how they relate ideas and emotions that cannot be expressed in words. Through the exploration of the subconscious and the narratives that lie beneath the surface of everyday life, I hope to both understand my own experiences and connect to the experiences of others. The figure allows me to get at these ideas and emotions by acting as a proxy for the self that becomes layered with meaning when overlapped and imbedded with other objects and images.

I am ultimately interested in how we reconcile beauty with loss and am especially drawn to what I call objects of nostalgia like thimbles, teacups and pill boxes that can be interpreted as symbolic for innocence. My work often explores the figure in relationship to landscape and the role of these objects in the mediation of memory, selfhood and the subconscious.These codes of meaning are open to interpretation and leave space for the viewer to insert their own narratives, memories and associations.