Kathleen Vaccaro

Artist Statement: Parade

 These works mix imagery from imagination, memory, and photographs of performing groups and spectators at parades. In this work, identities reveal themselves in relation to other identities. My personal experience is expressed through the work. I explore how in uniform, group settings, subtle differences make the individuality of each person apparent. People masquerade, hide, and reveal themselves when in a group. These images are painted in an intentionally simple manner through bold applications of color. Individuals are not painted with sympathy but rather candidly. My love for paint as a material is evident in the paintings. I include only what is necessary and important to the image.  These are frank, wry images. To be direct, I view painting and drawing as one. These works are concerned with the slight differences that make individuals unique and yet still connected.