Can't Keep Living For The Damage

Can't Keep Living For The Damage

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I sought out the rush and the feel-good. I had an image of where I would be the next year if all went well. But I paused my savings, sleep, and self-learning in order to have all the indulgence then; that year already looked like the next one would.

I was so afraid of looking tedious, mundane building straight in the eye that I couldn’t admit not all attention was equivalent to respect, company to friendship, novelty to learning, nor compromise to balance. My focus was on keeping the run going, and I was propping myself up with hollow and toxic things. Any time the indulgence called, I was on the other end ready to pick up. 

I used the classic love story to illustrate this relationship between postponement and denial; the girl, and the phone booth. You can see in the time lapse how many details I had to keep stripping back in order to return to the original story. She stands wedged between the phone and her cast shadow of his face, having just turned from the booth to look straight at the viewer as she admits to herself the loop she’s got herself on. 

In this piece, I set out with some new goals; assembling a color palette outside of neutral beach tones, contrast in the values, and pop in the composition. I also wanted to see what I could do with visual puns as a storytelling device. It felt a lot like running around in the dark and bumping into things. Somehow, I wanted text, a classic love story, and damaged corners and textures in one place without it coming across as overt. I kept having to retrace my steps in order to incorporate all the parts I liked at different stages in the work. 

In the end, I was able to emphasize the subject with saturation and shadows, pile textures with multiple transparencies, and hold onto the neutral anonymity I feel is important to the messages in my work. 


Print Type: Giclée (Digital Inkjet Print)
Ink: Waterproof Pigment Ink
Canvas: Exhibition Matte Polyester 


This is a digital print printed on canvas, meaning it is digitally drawn first, then printed onto canvas instead of paper to preserve texture and color. Digital prints come in one or more of three sizes:

Small (B4 - 9.8 in x 13.9 in / 250 mm x 353 mm)
Medium (B3 - 13.9 in x 19.7 in / 353 mm x 500 mm)
Large (B2 ISO - 19.7 in ix 27.8 in / 500 mm x 707 mm)

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Prices listed are all in U.S. Dollars. 

Allow 3-5 weeks for shipping. All Artwork by Liann Shannon