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Margaret Brostrom

Oil City, PA, United States

I paint my own version of people. I imagine these portraits are communicating with one another so I work in series. With symbols, scratches and background writing, I'm trying to developed their vocabulary with themselves, their neighbors and hopefully the viewer. So much of our self talk is probably the same, which connects us to each other. Painting is my way of listening to what I'm thinking. The "Human Target" series started when George and I were watching TV news and were horrified by the Ferguson shooting -when a black man was being interviewed in front of a black target. Why had it never occurred to me that my desensitized self never noticed? We're not only training people to shoot at people, but we are accepting that it's okay to shoot black people? I want these targets to be all of us, so we can question our actions. I grew up in Connecticut and then spent 37 years in San Franciso and the Bay Area, After many art related jobs, I taught art for many years through the Berkeley Adult School. My move to Oil City, PA has been wonderful and the slower, less expensive life has allowed me to devote more to painting. I attended Southern Connecticut State College and received a BFA in painting from California College of Art in San Francisco, CA. Recently George and I had the opportunity to co-teach at the University of Pittsburgh in Titusville. It was eye opening as our approaches to art making is so different. Hopefully, it allowed our students the freedom to make up their own rules.

Margaret's ArtPrize Entries

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Margaret's Past Work

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