Michelle Osman

Tawny’s Tub

“Today abstraction is no longer that of the map, the double, the mirror, or the concept. Simulation is no longer that of a territory, a referential being or substance. It is the generation by models of a real without origin or reality: A hyperreal.” (Jean Baudrillard). Michelle Osman is known for producing oil paintings of storm clouds that eddy and churn over narrow slices of land, as well as figures set in unusual settings, dressed in surreal costumes. Osman’s paintings capture the world we could see, as opposed to the one we do. These canvasses are a departure point for the imagination. Using thin layers of oil paint, these paintings verge on the hyper-real.

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