Paul Rousso – Kit Kat Wrapper, 2013

Paul Rousso. Kit Kat Wrapper, 2013. Mixed Media on Hand Sculpted Acrylic.


Born in North Carolina in 1958, based in Charlotte, North Carolina.

“My work explores the relationship between the two-dimensional politics of the printed page and the multimedia promise of future-enhanced life experiences.Ever since I was a child I have been fascinated by the endless oscillation of the human condition through text and imagery.As alternating replicas of our day-to-day become transformed by the inexplicable need to create, I endeavor to illuminate the imagined, effervescent edges of our all but invisible lives through the flat, two-dimensional subject matter that is all around us.

As these shifting forms become distorted through the lens of history, my work inscribesan epitaph to the printed reality that was our past existence.These subtle forms become distorted through rejection of the academic needs of light and shadow while attempting to focus insight into the darkness of our future. Exploring the relationship between the history of mass didactic knowledge and complex emotional visual memories. These new combinations are created from both orderly conscious and random unconscious narratives.

These narratives define the ephemeral nature of the moment which start out as a vision of the everyday and soon become manipulated into a tragedy of greed, leaving only a sense of nihilism and the dawn of a new synthesis.As intermittent derivatives become transformed through boundaried and critical practice, the viewer is left with an insight into the possibilities of our condition which define our relationship between the universality of myth through the nostalgia of the ubiquitous printed word and the new national pastime of digital tourism.

With influences as diverse as Dr. Suess and Roy Lichtenstein, new synergies are created from both traditional and modern textures which become fascinated by the unrelenting divergence of meaning.Visual contemplation soon becomes debased into a hegemony of lust, leaving only a sense of chaos and the dawn of a new reality.This printed intermittent phenomena becomes frozen through frantic and personal desire that reaches deep into the paper and ink consciousness of our past. Thus illuminating our future relationship between pixelated multiculturalism and life as performance.

By mixing the polarized worlds of the flat and the dimensional, new tensions are created that explore the theoretical limits of art and art history. A monthly subscription of un-ending yearning soon becomes debased into a titallating feeling of power, leaving only a sense of childish affection and the possibility of a new reality. These shimmering icons become reconfigured through compartmentalized photographic saturation, so all that is left is the photoshopped certainty defining the reality of our culture.”

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