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This is Not Photorealism

This Is Not Photorealism began with a painting project that interrogated the concepts of Photorealism and the Impressionists’ desire to “capture the moment,” as well as their exotified subject matter. The oil paintings are meant to resemble blurry photos, mostly of Monet's water lilies series. He imported water lilies from Japan to France, and constructed a 'Japanese' bridge and garden for them in his yard. The hundreds of water lily paintings he became famous for also became national symbols of France. They were offered by Monet to the State as a gift, and patriotic monument. Their blurry counterparts in my installation interrupt the way in which these stereotypical symbols of East Asian nature have been displaced, appropriated and co-opted for European nationalism.