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Margo Selski

American, b. 1963

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Margo Selski

American, b. 1963

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Using oil painting and encaustic, Margo Selski creates a vast universe where characters from her own imagined world meet visitors from fairy tales and children’s stories. Her dark palette and static compositions recall the portraiture of Flemish painter Jan van Eyck, while cracked surfaces—created by storing beeswax-covered works in the freezer—add a Renaissance-era patina and ghostly underpaintings slowly reveal themselves over time. The works, both intricately beautiful and eerily unsettling, take the viewer on an emotional journey as they discover the nuances hidden within them. “Seemingly simple allegories, my work reveals itself over time,” she says. “By using a safe and familiar composition, my goal is to lull the viewer into a false sense of comfort and familiarity, where they are drawn to images which, upon further viewing, become curious, uncomfortable and perhaps even dangerous."

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Using oil painting and encaustic, Margo Selski creates a vast universe where characters from her own imagined world meet visitors from fairy tales and children’s stories. Her dark palette and static compositions recall the portraiture of Flemish painter Jan van Eyck, while cracked surfaces—created by storing beeswax-covered works in the freezer—add a Renaissance-era patina and ghostly underpaintings slowly reveal themselves over time. The works, both intricately beautiful and eerily unsettling, take the viewer on an emotional journey as they discover the nuances hidden within them. “Seemingly simple allegories, my work reveals itself over time,” she says. “By using a safe and familiar composition, my goal is to lull the viewer into a false sense of comfort and familiarity, where they are drawn to images which, upon further viewing, become curious, uncomfortable and perhaps even dangerous."

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Articles Featuring Margo Selski
Trouble Lurks Beneath the Surface in Margo Selski’s Utopic Paintings
Mar 5th, 2015
Trouble Lurks Beneath the Surface in Margo Selski’s Utopic Paintings
Dressing the Art
Jan 2nd, 2014
Dressing the Art
Contemporary Artists Portray Surrealistic Children
Nov 13th, 2013
Contemporary Artists Portray Surrealistic Children
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