(Image: Lillian Butter, Levitate Up the Spikes, 2010, ink, acrylic, pencil, mixed media, 18 x 24 inches; © Lillian Butter)
Lillian Butter (b. 1975, Ottawa)
Butter documents the private lives of New Orleans gutterpunks and squatters in her mixed media drawings and paintings. At once filled with sordid realities and psychedelic reverie, Butter’s work captures the essence of her subjects’ lives on the street and in their temporary shelters. The poignancy of her work comes from the permanence of her artistic statement, with it’s bold lines and color, which contrast with the transitory and combustible nature of her subjects’ lives.
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