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Ray Maseman

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Myths, legends, children’s stories and dreams provide the ingredients for Maseman’s intricate and whimsical etchings.  Through blending these sources and recasting them with non-human protagonists he suggests enigmatic tales of exploration, collaboration, and transformation.  Maseman creates scenarios that suggest a narrative without making the story explicit.  In some cases, he takes a well known story and plays with it, exchanging traditional elements for something that upends classical interpretations.  At other times, he simply forces together incongruous characters and objects together both for his own amusement and to provoke insights.  Maseman’s images often contain absurd situations and anachronistic devices.  This tendency is reflected and reinforced by his choice of printmaking as a medium.  In the midst of mass-produced, instantaneous digital culture I use mostly 16th century technology to etch images on copper plates.