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Commissioned print for Jx Smyyth

March 4, 2013

Exhibit of new paintings and screen prints at the Art Bar === On Display: March 21st – 26th Opening Reception: March 21st 7-10pm === A young woman, taking her first ever trip abroad to Florence, feels overwhelmed by the wide variety of architecture and art that she has viewed throughout the city. She begins to slip in and out of a delirious state, eventually losing her hold on reality when viewing a painting of a fruit bearer. The woman is suddenly convinced that she and the person depicted in the image are one and the same. This experience and other similar cases described by the Italian psychiatric publication “La Sindrome di Stendhal” are a starting point for J. Smyyth to explore themes of disassociation, altered states of consciousness, and the fluid nature of identity.

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