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Tommy Mavra


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Tommy Mavra
Acrylic on MDF panel
35" x 24"

About the Work
This piece is part of a larger series of paintings exploring life around a river. The series is contextualized by a short story about a child struggling with the death of their parents.

My work examines the paradoxical relationship mankind has with the natural world; it's beauty and repulsiveness. Through painting, drawing, and sculpture I focus on narratives of daily life - our everyday interactions with animals, the food we eat and the things we buy - to reassess situations overlooked due to their banality. I dramatize these ordinary moments to encourage an investigation of our expectations and assumptions.

Tommy Mavra explores narratives relating to our relationship with the natural world through painting, drawing and sculpture. The work spans from solo series in drawing and sculpture to collaborative interdisciplinary projects in experimental film and sound design. Mavra is a first generation American and the first generation to grow up not depending on farming and fishing. The contrast of being taught to have a reverence for nature while living in urban and suburban environments is most likely where his interest in understanding our role in the world as it relates to life began. Each work questions agreed upon notions of morality and explores the magic and the mischief of life.


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