Clifton Harvey overlays hand drawn illustrations onto his own environmental photographs, creating snapshot moments that invite the viewer to explore the stories within the worlds he creates. Influenced by the picture books of his childhood, Harvey populates his worlds with creatures—tenderly illustrated sacks of flesh that seem to have been coerced into being by each delicate scratch of his ink. It is as if Harvey’s pitiful creatures have been brought to life only to remain stranded within their intimate moments of psychological struggle. Simultaneously lovable and abhorrent, they express an almost childlike degree of unabashed emotion—often fear, shame or pity.
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