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Emile Mausner

Yale University

The Bather
acrylic on canvas


Tell us about the work that you have submitted.

Inspired by the peculiar past-less feeling of suburban Florida, I wanted to recast familiar signs within a mythic image of enigmatic ripeness.

How do you describe your work and practice?

My work engages with art historical genres and is intended to reward the viewer with an initial sense of familiarity and meaningfulness. Loose ends of nostalgic impulses lead me to uncover that which is unsettling, indefinable, absurd.

What motivated you to apply to the XL Catlin Art Prize?

I am deeply spellbound by many traditions of figurative painting, and I am grateful for this opportunity to share my own.

What inspires your work?

Antique malls, thrift stores, salvage yards, roadside gift shops – I often find inspiration amid wild accumulation, clutter and aesthetic anarchy.