Artwork- Damian Stamer

Originally from North Carolina, thirty-something artist Damian Stamer often taps into his southern childhood memories for inspiration. He uses his own photographic images as backdrops for the more distorted, abstract oil paints he applies. The results are a fascinating combination of then and now.

damian stamer artwork 02Dusk 2.0,  2011

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 The Americano,  2013

On My Reading List

#14. Photography- ‘Deep South‘ By Sally Mann, 2005.

” Living in the South often means slipping out of temporal joint, a peculiar phenomenon that I find both nourishes and wounds. To identify a person as a Southern suggests not only that her history is inescapable and formative but that it is also impossibly present. Southerns live uneasily at the nexus between myth and reality, watching the mishmash amalgam of sorrow, humility, honor, graciousness, and renegade defiance play out against a backdrop of profligate physical beauty.”

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(Photo- Sally Mann)

April- Person, Place & Thing

chriswithportablelumbermill-optPerson- Chris (left) and a helper began the long, arduous task of clearing some trees on our property for a future structure. Then he used his portable mill to cut up the lumber for interior planking.

lumbermillmobleforbarnplanks03-optPlace-  The site where either a barn or cottage will be built.

antiquesign-ooptThing- I’ve come across quite a few antique signs that I’d love to display in our farmhouse kitchen. But only one could fit. This sign (above) didn’t make the cut.

(Photos- Martha Browne)