Margaret Withers, Painting the American Anti-Story: butterfly flap, car crash, landspout, 2011, Watercolor, Ink and Enamel on Paper, 50 x 66".
Born in Austin, Texas, Margaret Withers currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. "My father worked for different Texas oil companies in the 1970's and 80’s and because of the nature of the work, every couple of years my family was uprooted, moved across county lines, and resettled. The work I've done so far depicts the emotional landscape of my childhood as I remember it—a blur of color and movement flashing by the static iconography of the past: those tiny company houses where the roughnecks lived, old-style telephone poles and pumpjacks. Interrupting the flow of abstract shapes and forms with simple flat black and white houses and telephone poles breaks the viewing pace, as if a light bulb pop across the setting of the implied narrative--pulling the viewer into a liminal space where imagination can take hold."
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