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I’m a firm believer that creating art helps process grief and channel emotions. And this piece is no exception. A few months prior to this, the artist lost a good friend from high school after she was murdered by her husband. And the shards of hand-painted paper at the bottom represent how a senseless act of violence can shatter beautiful lives. Because the artist can never dwell in darkness to long without adding ill-timed, awkward humor, if you look closely at this original collage, you’ll see bags and merchandise packaging from stores in the mall. Why not be a little weird in your grief?
12 x 12”
Cory Potter is a Michigan-based artist who hoards paper for collage, paint for abstracts, and glitter for both. He is interested in the weird, the bright, the queer, the garish, the strange, and the unconventional and will use anything as an art supply. Like a squirrel, he is attracted to shiny things and free nuts. He’s been included in numerous Flint Institute of Arts Student Exhibitions, Arte Della Morte at Mainsail Collective (Flint, MI 2019), Kaleidoscope of Expression at Pontiac Creative Arts Center (Pontiac, MI 2019), and the Blick Art Materials Local Artist Winter Showcase (Detroit, MI 2019). During 2020, he participated in virtual exhibitions with the Detroit Deltas (Detroit, MI) and the Harvey Milk Festival (Sarasota, FL). Follow him on Instagram at @cup_of_coco.