Julia Schwadron

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WOMEN AND MADNESS, 2011

oil, acrylic and charcoal on canvas over board, 20" x 16"

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This painting is part of the "YOU ARE HERE" series of paintings I began before a year-long residency in Thailand. The series is based on the covers of vintage Self-Help and Psychology books published in the West in the 1960s and 70s. Almost humorously consumed with ‘self-truths’, these books are part of a condition of modern Western culture by which we constantly attempt to know ourselves better. I thought it was even stranger to find these books in second-hand shops in Thailand, in English, left by tourists over the course of many years. I see these books as remnants left as western guidebooks for future travelers, or perhaps souvenirs of a more universal quest for meaning.

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