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Oblivion by JoshCarterArt
Graphite, Acrylic, Chalk Pastel on Wood Panel 36 x 68 inches

My work expresses the accelerated passage of time by investigating the body’s process of ageing. Like the growth rings of a tree to the wrinkles of the body, time and age are recorded by patterns in nature. Time is based on perception; one’s sense of time is shaped by our social and visual experiences. My sense of time is a personal one influenced by the rural environment I grew up in and the large generation gap between my parents and myself. As I watch my parents’ bodies begin to wrinkle and their hair turn grey, the passage of time feels accelerated. This same awareness occurs as I experience the aging of my physical environment as the barns, tractors, and fences, on my family’s farm deteriorate and are reclaimed by nature.

My painting, Oblivion portrays the physical disintegration of the body by condensing the visual process of ageing. I begin with a highly detailed figure drawing in graphite. As I continue apply layer after layer of paint, graphic lines and simple shapes overtake the body’s highly rendered form. As time passes, the figure breaks down, revealing the structure of the body underneath. We all go through the process of ageing through the disintegration of our material bodies. But we often ignore this process in an attempt to repress the thoughts of the inevitability of our own death. By projecting my own perceptions of time onto my work, I show my own anxieties about the fear of losing a loved one and my own mortality.



Joshua Carter
Artist | Student | Traditional Art
United States
Current Residence: Maryland
Student at Maryland institute College of Art

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Oleg-Bardenkov Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
tbondrage99 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
Your Kill Bill art is featured in this weeks Awesome Art We've Found Around The Net on You can check it out…
JoshCarterArt Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot thats awesome! 
cogwurx Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Thank you for the :+fav:!
OctoberRainne Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013   General Artist
Thanxx for the :+fav: :butterfly:
JensBK Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thanks for the fave on my "Stroke"!
SparkzInsanity Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
Welcome to :iconartisan-guild: We can't wait to see what you have to offer and contribute to the group ^^

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francoclun Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Many thanks for adding my drawing to your :+fav: :D
JoshCarterArt Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Np they are wonderful
OctoberRainne Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013   General Artist
Thanxx for the watch I really appreciate it :D
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