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Michael Prais

A visual explorer, I am stimulated by the juxtaposition of the organic and the designed. I explore both human constructions in nature and nature and the coincidental in the midst of structure and often find _unwitting_ arrangements of objects. While objects themselves in the arrangements are recognizable as the products of human design, their unwitting placements adds a contradictory random, chaotic, organic component to the image. Traditional domestic still lifes offer this same sense of randomness but are wholly constructed scenes and images. They are simulated randomness and chaos created to remind the viewer of inescapable deterioration and loss. This project examines the use of composition (structure) of modern household items to create (simulate) randomness.

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