Grand Valley State University, 2006, BFA Illustration
Cam DeCaussin is a painter who uses the suburban landscape as a catalyst to explore nearly vacant lives in time. Born and raised in Marine City, MI, small town Americana has heavily influenced his visual iconography. He has focused on social psychological ideas and how they are fundamentally changing in the new digital and political age. By exploring the ideas of protagonist disease (the idea that you are the main character in your life, that you’re the only one that matters and everyone else either is supporting cast or gets in the way), the fundamental attribution error (assuming that behavioral incidents of others are examples of personality rather than situational, and vice versa sees self in the opposite way) combined with themes of voyeurism, there becomes a demonstration of the feelings of isolation, separation, depression and sadness that exist within society at a time of hyper-connectivity. The works reflect a Post-Hopperesque world, where what’s left of the nuclear family remains otherwise occupied in an ever-expansive suburban sprawl. All the while, we exist briefly in these moments, observing, being a part of an anonymous persons life.
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