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Atlanta-based painter, Erin Drakeford explores themes of depression, introversion and the oppressive obligations of femininity and the modern world. Her work features ethereal, abstract urban landscapes, humans and animal figures amid bright and moody colors accented with gold foil. "I like the illusion of opulence that the gold leaf brings to the canvas, which for me, speaks to the world's obsession with material objects and outward beauty." She uses shallow depth of field and abstract compositions to further emphasize the themes of frivolity in humanity. Often, there are sarcastic nods to pop culture that seem to mock the dark and brooding sadness of her humans.

 

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