“Keep Looking Up” by Phil Scorza (image transfer, graphite, house paint and china marker, 2012)
Donated by the artist
Artist statement: I like to use easily recognizable images—like trees—in my work. The familiarity draws the viewer in closer, and, once closer, one notices the familiar is juxtaposed with something unexpected. It’s my way of making sure the viewer is comfortable with something they are seeing for the first time, something that does not always happen in art. It’s the illusion of having previously experienced something, even though you are encountering it for the first time. When I experience this myself, it is uncomfortably familiar.