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A Few Steps Ahead, oil on panel, 24 by 48 in.

Kate Protage

While my work is rooted in the real, it's the junction between sensation and fact that interests me. My paintings exist in that grey area between representation and abstraction, where light and solid form are given equal consideration and are almost interchangeable. It's the detail of an individual shape, an expressive brush stroke, and the way everything coalesces into a series of value changes and textural rhythms that excites me.

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Only for a Minute, oil on panel, 12 by 12 in.

The Seattle Art Museum acknowledges that we are located on the ancestral land of the Coast Salish people.