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“OCD Portrait 1” by Adam Lupton


“Human Entropy” by Adam Lupton


“Backyard Baptism (Oh Narcissus)” by Adam Lupton


“9 Decomposing Figs” by Adam Lupton


“The Forest and the Trees” by Adam Lupton


“The Hellish Tattoo of the Heart” by Adam Lupton


Adam Lupton’s work grows out of his OCD, where his every day is filled with performing mental and physical rituals, endlessly seeking assurance, and repeating mantras and projections – thoughts that mediate between him and the exterior world. Using variations or alternative versions of himself to express in some familiar-but-off landscape the unfolding emotions and actions of his OCD, Lupton works with non-traditional methods of paint application: using stamps, printmaking, and craft applications to express the varied, repetitive, and frantic emotions of intrusive thoughts. Through this lens, the work weaves narratives that play out on the canvas, as Lupton casts a contemporary world of anxiety though questions of identity, masculinity, ego, modern-day loneliness, domesticity, and mental health.

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