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Pastoral Testimony

Rafael Salas | December, 2016

"My artwork reflects on American culture and on the dichotomies of identity within it. It speaks to our indignant desire for a dream that is continually just beyond reach. It is a strange, rural poetry of aspiration and poignant reality, a striver's endeavor that includes high and low culture, situated between the elevated and the abject." - Rafael Salas.

Salas' work focused on the description of landscapes and moods he has observed in Wisconsin, including natural occurrences, man-made events, and architecture that both compliment and conflict with one another. Salas utilized non-representational and still life elements in his work to create a contrast between the figure and ground, between the perceived and felt.