Michael DeLuca

Region: Northeast

I’m interested in visual oppositions, particularly the tangible versus the intangible, the two-dimensional versus the threedimensional, and the graphic versus the atmospheric. I have been working from flat silhouettes that I cut out and mount on highly reflective paper. I place these forms in a context out of time and illuminate them with a single strong top light. The drawings are done from life, and the process can last several days, pushing and pulling endless amounts of subtle information. Recently, I have been gravitating toward shapes with specific gestures within in them. The representation of motion or cause-and-effect informs my selection of silhouettes. I find them appealing in their odd and playful way, and I think of them as symbols in an alphabet referencing nature, but influenced by a digital world.