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Perin Mahler  Laguna Beach, CA

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About Perin

My current body of work, titled Autobiographies, is a series of large, multi-figure paintings illustrating various aspects of my life both personal and professional. In these works I use the format of history painting, normally associated with the heroic and eternal, to depict quotidian subjects. Using complicated structures and often large casts of characters, I”m attempting to conjure a dramatic presence from a scene that might be experienced on a daily basis. Most recently, the themes of these paintings have veered toward domestic subject matter, focusing on parenthood and its various experiences. I”m interested in the idea of responsibility both in the sense of physical care, with its concomitant associations of anxiety and fatigue, and in the habits and personality traits bequeathed through heredity. These works, almost as much still life as figure compositions, use objects to represent the burdens of domestic life.

I am also making a parallel series of works depicting architectural subject matter. These are mostly comprised of panoramic cityscapes which explore the idea of the urban environment as a large-scale interior space. A recurring theme in my work has been the constructed enclosure (previously realized in a series of shadowbox paintings and drawings.) In these paintings I”m trying to recreate my experience of the city as a set of continuous rooms punctuated by slices of sky and water.

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"Has a Norman Rockwell feel to it.. Just messier view.lollove it"

"Wonderful! Very funny!!"

"I don't quite know whats going on in the bottom picture. But it looks fantastic."

"Hahaha, the first one makes me laugh:)"

"I think it's brilliant and lively!... Love colors, simply lovely!"


"the second one reminded me of my brothers when they were small haha"

"Interesting concept and good treatment of the subject matter. Good originality."

"Your realism is terrific and even though your use of clutter hits too cklose to home I love all of it! Thank you for your time and patience!"

"FANTASTIC,Humorous,Very well done! Whats not to like? My personel favorite this month."

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