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    Oppositional Bodies: Anna Park and Claire Tabouret

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Anna Park and Claire Tabouret are two of the most sought-after contemporary artists working today, each invoking opposing forces to imbue their works with psychological tension. Both Park and Tabouret use form to convey content, drawing on the contrast between figuration and abstraction to express the dissonance between the liveliness of a group and the loneliness of the individuals within it. In her work, Park explores this dichotomy through the use of selective stylization. While her compositions depict crowded scenes, the figures within them are often distorted and faceless, implying a separation from self. Her charcoal drawings brim with activity, emphasizing the deliberateness of the empty, seemingly unfinished portions. In contrast, Tabouret’s figures read as more fully formed, but they exist in a decontextualized state against a flat, fluorescent ground. In their body language and formations, Tabouret’s figures express a deep desire to connect with one another, reaching out across this limbo space. Though they are close in physical proximity within the compositions, the figures express a fear of loss and a yearning for connection. In their work, Park and Tabouret recall familiar compositions from the art historical cannon, drawing elements from crowded Impressionist scenes of leisure and dramatic Romantic body language; however, they both introduce a characteristic loneliness that resonates in our contemporary world. 
"I'm exploring ideas of tension and release. I have always been fascinated with finding ways of depicting two opposing sensations and bringing them to both of their extremes."
- Anna Park