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Paxton Maroney is a Dallas-based conceptual artist predominantly using the medium of photography. Her surreal photography invites the outside world to step inside snapshots of her dreams. For several years, she has woken up from vivid dreams, often in the middle of the night, and drawn the images composed on the backs of her eyelids. At times, she even engages in lucid dreaming throughout the day as she’s “trained her brain” to create new chimera for her portraiture. Then, when she has scouted out the perfect location, she begins painstakingly reconstructing the scenes of her subliminal imagination. You can see her artwork in Bishop Arts District at Jen Mauldin Gallery. Featured works are listed on her website.
The series titled Anscoflex was created in Archer City, TX and was shot digitally through the viewfinder of her Anscoflex camera. One may question why she didn’t just use film? Whether it is a single image, her digitally composited work or her mixed media, Paxton is always intentional with her process. As you take a peek through the glass, a sense of presence is allowed.