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Tyler Amato (BFA 2014)

Published June 12, 2014
circular laser cut illustrations on a wall

“The Loveliest Way to Drown”, Laser-cut illustration board

circular laser cut illustrations on a wall

“The Loveliest Way to Drown”, Laser-cut illustration board

circular laser cut illustrations on a wall

“The Loveliest Way to Drown”, Laser-cut illustration board

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artist Statement

Water holds a delicate tension between the tranquil bliss of floating weightlessly and the ever-present possibility of drowning. Many humans are inexplicably drawn to water despite the dangers that lie beneath its surface. My work strives to compare the allure and perils of water to the feelings of falling in love.

No one can know anyone else entirely. People yearn for connections with one another, knowing that every exchange could be leading them closer to elation or heartbreak. These pieces illustrate the rise and fall of a failed relationship through aquatic metaphors. Images of the goldfish symbolize the fragile state of the heart and the risk of trusting someone with it. The scenes also display the delicate and distinct contrast between being alone and the loneliness of losing someone you love.

The work aims to question the belief that “It is better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all.”

circular laser cut illustrations on a wall

“The Loveliest Way to Drown”, Laser-cut illustration board