Voices of the Delta: Patrick Fleming

Author: Arkansas Arts CenterFiled under: Delta 59, Exhibitions, Image, Museum, Quote, Voices of the Delta

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Patrick Fleming, born in Hammond, Indiana, lives in Roland, Arkansas, Sandra’s Garden, 2015, oil on canvas, 54 x 61 inches

I’ve challenged myself with the perception of negative space to illuminate the duality of human nature; the presence of vice and value, pure love and pure hate. Articulating these oppositional concepts, I’ve taken the canvas and fabricated an opposing abstract image, utilizing dimensional canvases. My inspiration comes from French author, Charles Baudelaire, and his book of poems, titled Flowers of Evil. The dichotomy of sensual pleasure and malevolent allure depicted through evil flowers mirrors the struggle within every human. Is the separation vital, or an obstacle to overcome, allowing the viewer to perceive these pieces according their own interpretation.

– Patrick Fleming

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