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Paige Hepenstal

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Each week, Ms. Hinz displays one of her student’s artwork on the bulletin board outside of her room.  The medium of art varies, but they are always stunning.

“My piece is an acrylic painting on canvas inspired by the surreal work of René Magritte.  This Belgian painter is best known for his whimsical and humorous art, most of which are oil paintings, sometimes gouache.  I decided to combine Magritte’s Son of Man and Not to be Reproduced into my own contemporary painting.  My painting features a woman wearing a signature Magritte bowling hat, her face covered by an iPhone which shoes a picture of the back of her head.  In Son of Man, an apple is used to obscure the face. I also wanted to incorporate an everyday object into my painting.  What better than an iPhone?  Not only is it a popular object of our culture, but it also serves as a modern ‘apple’.  The distorted reflection inspired by Not to be Reproduced may be interpreted as a play on the hyped “selfie’.  This painting required a considerable amount of time and patience, especially with the shading and blending.  However I am very proud of the results!  If I had more time, I would try adding more detail to the phone and the hair.  Nevertheless, I enjoyed this project!  Who knows, maybe I’ll create more art inspired by Magritte!” -Artist Statement

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