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Tymkiw, Cherie


Cherie Tymkiw is a painting/printing artist who received her BFA from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana and currently is an MFA candidate at Northern Illinois University. Her work aims to address the way we view â€~the weighty burdens of humanity â€" poverty, disease, and war â€" conveyed by the same commercial medium which entertains us with celebrity stories and makeovers.â€"

Since the beginning of civilization, atrocities and conflict have occurred constantly; what has changed in our era is the speed, convenience and aggressiveness of commerce to accelerate our opportunities to learn about them. Through our culture we are acclimated to the absurdity of viewing strife as simultaneously interrupted and distracted by products to bring serenity to our unbalanced individualistic worlds. By this corporate ran system, an audience may never notice the effort put into manipulating our viewpoints - to explain a story in a certain angle or a certain amount (be it time, words on a page, or photographs), to keep us informed but as well detached. My ways of working respond to this awareness by mimicking tactics used by news media. The appropriated images ask for your attention, aiming to lure you in with the attraction of realism battling against commodity to win your gaze. These pieces give me a way to reflect a little bit longer on current events and question whether the strength of an image suffices curiosity and creates assumptions in the same vein an ad convinces and allures us into a purchase.
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