Title

Secrets And Lies

Creator

Ruotsalainen, Toni-Petri

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Year

2011

Work Type

painting

Material/Technique

Mixed Media

Dimensions

Approximately 96 x 120 in.

Filename

http://library.lclark.edu/seniorprojects/images/_img__24_34267.jpg

Artist Statement

The average American sees an estimated 3,000 advertisements every day. In this series, I have borrowed images from advertisement, as well as the mass media and popular internet search engines, to create likenesses of people who are either unidentified or completely imaginary. By emulating these likenesses of strangers we see daily but know nothing about, aside from whatever product they are selling, I create characters that we do not recognize, and yet they are strangely familiar. These characters are presented
all at once, with the intent of slightly overwhelming the viewer, mimicking the constant stream of
information from whence these characters emerge. Through the opulent framing, and the meticulous
process of oil painting, these figures are elevated to a place traditionally reserved for distinguished individuals. In a world, where fame is more a goal than the by-product of one's achievements, who deserves being portrayed?

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Citation

Ruotsalainen, Toni-Petri, “Secrets And Lies,” Lewis & Clark Senior Art, accessed April 23, 2014, https://library.lclark.edu/seniorprojects/items/show/1313.