Artist Spotlight: Paul-Sebastian Japaz

Paul-Sebastian Japaz is a New York, New York-based painter. Exploring the influence of interior landscapes on human behavior, his “Spaces” work considers Queer identity in the context of scenes from everyday life. “The work is approached  under the idea that ‘Spaces’ can hold a distinct level of power and develop influence,” he explains. “Considering humanistic elements to drive narrative-based situations that center around  queer identity. These spaces hold their own autonomy and exist as ideas of the potential of space to define these identities. Treating environments as a theoretical material allows for a distance between the work and the viewer which inspires stillness and curiosity. The theoretical is also inaccessible to the viewer. That makes a unique power dynamic which is ultimately held by a queer voice.”

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