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"Art-Rated: Your work typically features woodsy scenes familiar to youth in North America, but instead of feeling nostalgic it evokes a more melodramatic recollection of those experiences. They might to be scenes from a 70s cult film – is that in an effort to discuss a background familiar to many people, the displacement of youth?

Kent Dorn: Well, I grew up in rural South Carolina and a lot of the scenarios depicted in my paintings are loosely based on things I’ve seen and experienced, but the influence of my upbringing has been mostly unconscious. Early on, I was incredibly naive about what a painting could be or do, and for a time I thought it possible to create or invoke some sort of sublime or metaphysical experience. . ."


Read the full interview here.