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“In Texeira’s paintings, themes of reflection, mirroring, and duality abound, and her inclusion of written text brings to the immediate surface the process of reading and writing. Her works are based on memories of specific moments in time.”
“Kouri’s works similarly investigate memory and recall by utilizing the artist’s stored base of visual information to create abstracted forms that reveal a shared experience that unite our unique experiences of the world.”
“Color is very important in my work and the way I communicate ideas. Oil paint allows me to create complex colors because it stays open longer. I usually warm up my palette by mixing paint that comes right from the tube together, and then from those mixtures I make more colors. I never use paint right from the tube. Any color that I lay down at least has four different colors in it. Even if it looks white, it has a slight hue of some other colors in it.”
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