M. Dustin McBride

My paintings attempt to explore the relationship between human experience and the myths and symbols humanity invents and uses to understand itself. These collective symbols are investigated through the plastic formalities of painting leading to a constant re-evaluation of meaning through mediation by creator, viewer, medium and form. How is the socially constructed meaning of a familiar image altered by the changing attitudes of a mass spectatorship? How is the individual to contend with this shifting environment when attempting to construct meaning in the world? My paintings are an effort to define the self in and against a semantic world that is both overdetermined and corrupted.