Grace Graupe-Pillard's power point lecture entitled "Displaced" took place at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation Monmouth County (UUCMC) on May 20, 2012.
The paintings that are shown deal with people who are not part of "established" society, and therefore "displaced" including the homeless, collateral damage from war and refugees. and all those whose lifestyles are out of the mainstream. Graupe-Pillard appropriates images from journalistic sources, “blowing apart the reality” of the photograph so that the final result is distilled and disintegrated from its original context, and reduced into unpredictably flatly colored eccentric shapes further emphasizing the fragmentation of form and removal from its original source.
With repeated editing and” filtering” in computer programs - Graupe-Pillard reiterates the filtering of information we receive from our original sources. When you look closely at her latest work, one sees only abstract shapes - the further back you go - the more the image coalesces - like history through time.
Also included is the discussion that followed her presentation.
Video filmed by Paul Newland
Introduction by Florence Hill
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