Jewel Pride

Troy Dugas

Troy Dugas cuts or shreds product labels and then intricately arranges them on paper, canvas or wood to form meticulous mandala-like compositions as well as evolved works incorporating paint in synthesized large-scale portrait and still life assemblages. Regardless of the composition, the consumerist nature of the source material is sublimated through the use of repetition, pattern and symmetry and the reinterpretation of color, shape and line. The immediacy of the graphic label is substituted with aesthetic sensation and the artist derives a certain mischievous pleasure in the process of this transformation, and at the same time, a kind of meditation.