Monday, April 20, 2009

READER SUBMISSION: "Stampy Time" by S, Palm Desert, markers and adorable animal stamps

The vast sprawling southwest has created a culture all its own. As the grids and gridlock disappear, the mind reshapes. Sunshine replaces cloud, endless replaces finite and as is the case with this searching debut by S, optimism replaces pessimism. Draped literally in the dreamy oranges, pinks and purples of a desert sunset, “Stampy Time” is the very image of an artist at play, and at peace with herself. The flippant lines follow no preordained plans here, flowing as wild as a tumbleweed in the open plain. Decorative beaver and alligator heads form a cheeky yin-yang: it takes teeth and hard work to come to terms with who you really are. It seems S has both. This is lighter fare, no doubt, but tasty nonetheless.

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