"Archetypes of desire, transgression and repentance are animated within illusionary spaces with an obsessive interest in penetrating high art and popular culture with raw personal liturgy. The inspiration comes from the miniscule ground that spiritual mysticism (metaphysical/eternal) and the carnival-grotesque (physical/finite) overlap. This seemingly incompatible dynamic builds the iconographic structure drifting between invocation, exorcism, sermon, dream and prayer. In the tradition of Bosch and Bruegel, the work avoids thematic boundaries, even when dealing with issues of faith. The themes build from the premise that life is a collection of moments in alienation or union with God. Stylistically the work marries folk with pop art, appropriating environments from sequential art, illustration, desktop publishing and animation as well as the traditional structures of painting, printmaking and the illuminated manuscript. "-
Biography: Don Michael Swartzentruber [sw?rt zen tr? ber: pronounced phonetically] (b. 1966 Seaford, Delaware) designs carnivalesque images that manifest from interests in theology, cultural issues, and the surreal. He has taught and lectured on the arts for the past ten years. He received an M.F.A in Visual Art from Vermont College of Norwich University and exhibits nationally. The recipient of numerous grants and awards for his instruction and studio practice, he has served as Adjunct Professor at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne and Grace College. His is also a tenured secondary visual art instructor at Warsaw Schools. He creates his enigmatic iconography in the historical Billy Sunday community of Winona Lake, where he resides with his wife and two sons.
Country: United States
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