Angela Oster – Featured Artist

28 Aug

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Angela Oster

My work explores imagery of extreme youth and vulnerability; harmlessness, abandonment and need. In drawings, I use the simplest lines possible to convey the joy, sadness, and comic absurdity of daily life.

I’ve been making things as long as I can remember. My grandmother taught me to sew when I was 8 or 9. I made my own dolls – all big eyes and skinny bodies that looked like what I wanted to play with. Those earliest figures have resurfaced recently, in the ‘lonely girl,’ a series of watercolors.

The drawings and clothes for fetuses grew out of a convergence of life and art and science, and learning that even a mother’s body can’t keep her baby safe from toxins. I started to wonder what would.

Once my daughter Sylvie was born in 2008, the work changed again. I’m drawn to things that are funny and sad at the same time, because I think that’s what life is all about. That moment where those things meet –  really funny and really sad at the same time – that’s the truth.

 

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