Natural Resources II / Crown

Fan Warren

Oakland, CA

Artistic Disciplines:
Visual Art

Artist Statement:

This piece Natural Resources II- 2010 takes a look at how technology is recycled within particular communities.

The young boy carries a bundle of cables taken from an assortment of postmodern and contemporary machines from various parts of the world.

For over two decades I have explored early African American history and its effect on contemporary culture.

My work positions modern figures within layered fragments of historical memories that are woven into a visual language that examines societal norms and behaviors.  Information steeped in symbolism is condensed into images with multiple meanings that reflect a culture shaped by its past.

To impart a sense of age to the works on paper I have spent hours, days and sometimes months stressing the thick surface of the paper, by using natural elements such as fire, earth and herbs.  My images are drawn and painted on the stressed surface using pastels, charcoal, acrylics, watercolor, latex and oil paints.

My submission literally explores the intersection of how discarded technology is being creatively recycled.

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