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Artist’s Statement

crossett-photoI grew up in a military family with life always in motion.  Living abroad gave me a fascination with different cultures, economic development and time.  As a mixed media artist, I see myself as an architect making new structures and compositions with elements of the past, familiar places and everyday life marked with the passage of time and the force of change.  Whether on public or private view, my work protects the history of yesterday and today and questions are we ready for the change that will occur tomorrow.

My recent work has focused on urban neighborhoods.  As gentrification continues to transform cities, I am drawn to the contrast of historic and contemporary architecture and design, commercialism, and the energy that surrounds me.  In a way, I am my own architect by creating new structures which juxtapose photography and found images with relevant and most often commercial symbols and icons.  They shouldn’t always go together but do.

Michael Crossett

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