Andre Bogart Szabo
As a visual artist, I am fascinated with the inherent beauty of physical materials themselves, unmediated and unrefined. These works on canvas feature repurposed, foraged, and composted objects; a material vocabulary that follows no hierarchy. My paintings challenge the rhetoric of purity, refinement, and expressionism bound to painting by means of a “soil over oil” approach. Tapping natural materials as alternatives to brush and gesture, my paintings have a sense of immediacy that directly engages the social, cultural, and ecological concerns of the region from which they are sourced. Just as a responsible hunter uses every piece of their kill as functional material, so do I process the physical world so nothing goes to waste.