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Lindsay Carron

What is decay?

What causes it?

Where can it be found?

Is it a constant cycle that’s not to be interfered with, or do we interfere, attempting to stop the natural turn downward?

Can decay in society be compared to decay in nature? If so, then there exists a natural tendency for things in society to destruct. But can this predisposition serve to justify destruction and take the blame off humans for causing it?

Ernst Fischer wrote, “In a decaying society, art, if it is truthful, must also reflect decay. And unless it wants to break faith its social function, art must show the world as changeable. And help to change it.”

A friend once asked me if I were to only choose one, would I rather use my art to inspire or reflect the times. I told him I choose to reflect. My paintings echo decay in our world, and through their unrelenting honesty I hope viewers would acquiesce to be inspired and confront the decay they see around them.

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