My work is about honoring the significance of place, and referencing memory, identity and the shared ideals that describe community. I juxtapose images of people, locales and moments of individual narratives to elucidate the significance of locality as a place of felt value. My investigation of place, time and space is a way for me to understand how an individual functions as part of a unified system. The way light describes space, time of day, and structure becomes an allegory for the balance between unity and perceived dichotomies. It is this balance between the singular and the whole that can lead to questions of the nature of perception and reality, objectivity versus subjectivity, and the physical and metaphysical. The works do not attempt to depict a scene, but rather to harken to a moment of understanding an experience that transcends the sense of self and coalesces our relationships with the world.
Paul LaJeunesse received a master of fine arts in painting from Bowling Green State University in 2006, the Elizabeth Greenshields grant in 2006, and a Fulbright grant in 2007. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Art at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth Minnesota.