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SAVANNAH MAGNOLIA

 
 

ABOUT:

With a background education in Chemistry and Neuroscience, laboratory precision and the hidden physiology of the body continue to inspire my work. While the clinical and the creative can be contrasting fields, my work merges science with art. Instead of depicting this combination as stoic medical textbook illustrations, my work re-presents anatomy through stylized forms and hyper-saturated colors. By adding elements of humor and unexpected twists, I want to subvert traditional expectations of anatomical diagrams. These larger-than-life anatomical paintings expose the inner systems and invisible maladies that are sometimes lurking within. They confront viewers with what it means to be a living body within the context of our current health care system.

In addition to anatomy, landscapes are used as metaphors for underlying narratives exploring the horrors of the pharmaceutical industry, invasion of technology, disregard for the environment, and over-consumption. The superficial whimsy allows for such issues to be addressed with a subtler tone – giving a fantastical glimpse at what our world might become.

It is important to my studio practice to maintain a laboratory-like precision through a graphic, hard-edge style. The technical aspects and the process of creating these forms without the aid of tape or stencils are just as important as the content. The super-flat style allows me to distance the world of my paintings from our reality. Intensely pigmented colors are used to create forms with childlike whimsy to entice viewers into the work. Then the viewer can be confronted with the sometimes off-putting subject as it slowly creeps in. Inspired by American cartoons and the campy violence in 80’s horror films, much of my work involves iconography in a similarly humorous, yet torturous, way.