Defining a cultural identity is often complex and seemingly elusive, in that it evolves, shifts and appears to lack definition. Though the language we use when discussing cultural identity often emphasizes differentiation and can sometimes get confused, the immediate elements, objects, and lived spaces from which our individuality derives are wonderfully fixed.

 

My paintings represent the simultaneity of difference and convergence of my cultural back ground with that of my partner. For me, one of the sites for this interaction is the kitchen. It is often the center of the home, the place where families interact rather than retreat to their individual rooms. In the merging of two cultures (two kitchens) that my partner and I represent, a path is found where dissimilar objects and spaces interact. In this stew of origins, we slowly uncover a shared identity.

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ANDY BROWN

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