"The Parallel Universes series explores the tension created by the efforts of an earthbound Taurus to deal with ambiguity. Our post modern times constantly confront us with ambiguity in all of life: Nothing is set and pre-determined no matter how much many of us wish it were. From gender identification and lack there of, to accommodation of religious beliefs, or a tidy definition of what art is, all give us pause as we deal with the freedom and globalization of the post modern world.
We all see from our biased eyes, and, in daring to challenge tradition, we take on ambiguity in a big way. This series of paintings posits a variety of surfaces that the viewer must plumb or pull together to please herself and form an impression of reality from the ambiguity offered. In each painting there are multiple layers and multiple colours, each representing a reality to someone. Some have an abstracted landscape look and others are just emotional abstractions playing with reactions to colour and shapes. The works are influenced by my fascination with the way German painter Gerhard Richter applies paint and with what he has to say.
If I have succeeded, my work challenges all of us to see more than one universe: to look beyond the superficial and to appreciate and enjoy the complexities of our world." Valorie Preston
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