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Artist ID: 2350

Terms of Endearment
Sociolinguistics, or regional forms of language, produce native tongues that comprise cultural and familial word use that bridges the gap from sweet and salty nuances of nostalgia to the evermore ironic presence of the here and now. Terminology is accrued, slang is appropriated, of which forms a unique style of storytelling. Terms, ergo, conjure images that not only foster a visual narrative but also aid in composition and a deeper sense of personal meaning. One by one, these words build upon one another to define interests, decode beliefs, and register a total picture.

To me, etymology and semantics have long been fascinating fields of study. Many of my paintings are prompted by a single word, one which might have intrigued me as a curious youth, while other idioms or bracketed word groupings may have piqued my adult sensibilities. Often these terms have regional distillations that go far beyond the innocence of consonants and vowels. Double entendre is evermore present in which religious, political, racial, societal, and literary curiosities rest below and rise just above the surface texture.

Andrew Blanchard: Bio

Andrew Blanchard grew up wild in the swamps of Louisiana and Mississippi. The Ole Miss Art Department found him naked, removed a thorn from his paw and awarded him an MFA. To date he has avoided jail and is currently an Associate Professor and Director of Studio Art at Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. His work delivers an honest commentary on the cultural character of the American South and resides in the permanent collections of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans and the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson. Blanchard has been featured in publications including Ecotone, Electric Dirt, Printmakers Today, New American Paintings, Southwest Review, the International Painting Annual (nos. 4 and 7), and the Oxford American, of which named him among the New Superstars of Southern Art.

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