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Keywords

cover art, painting

Document Type

Critical Essay (Special Topic)

Abstract

Josiah Daniel Gagosian is an MFA painting student at The University of New Orleans. He creates work that functions as a deeply personal, spiritual, and philosophical inquiry. Adapting the mythic, literary, and autobiographical, he seeks to harmonize paradoxical elements in service of higher consciousness. Genealogical explorations of his unusual familial heritage (Ottoman-Armenian converts to Mormonism, Mexicans from the Arizona border, Scandinavians, Celts) have provided him with a wealth of photographs, stories, and mythologies to explore in his intricately layered paintings.

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