nicholaspatclark
nicholaspatclark
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slow fun

slow fun

Slow Fun is a series of interrelated paintings, drawings, and assemblages. Slow Fun refers to stoicism in moments of grief and the process of appreciating that grief. Slow Fun is used loosely—not necessarily  a joyous, crawling event—but a prolonged participation in life which is to be observed, digested, and reconstructed.

These paintings, drawings, and assemblages exist as individual artworks, but also contribute to a thematic hive. Translating imagery through multiple mediums establishes a deeper, nuanced physicality and invites déjà vu. The high contrast and sharp line of graphite speaks clearly with a scratch. Oil paint slurs its speech with a pull, drag, and blur. Assemblages remain silent as relics sealed in time.

My imagery is autobiographical, akin to self portraits, wherein I am substituted by the pinball interactions between subjects of the composition, engaged with (or disengaged from) friends and family. Slow Fun attempts to solve emotional memory puzzles, replacing missing pieces with symbolism, both redeeming and damning.

Invisible Fence
2017
oil on linen
40 x 66 in.

A hanging dog leash casts the shadow of a noose.

Invisible Fence Study
2017
graphite on bristol board
12 x 20 in.


Play Dead (Magical Thinking)
2017
oil on linen
40 x 66 in.

A possum extends a branch to a man who plays dead.

Play Dead (Magical Thinking) Study
2017
graphite on bristol board
12 x 20 in.


Pneumonia Motel
2017
oil on linen
40 x 66 in.

A boy in pneumonia’s grip is wrapped in a confetti gown.

Pneumonia Motel Study
2017
graphite on bristol board
12 x 20 in.