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Ongoing Series. Email me for exhibition or purchase inquiries.

 

These large-scale paintings explore reality and fantasy with a fresh perspective through generational storytelling. Culver's massive figurative works bring the viewer through lucid and surreal scenes inspired by her grandfather’s stories and altered mental states. From sensory triggers to quiet moments, she uses secondary memories to visually explore character development, the strength of character, and the character as a metaphor.

Culver reimagines scenes of her grandfather fighting a gorilla during the Vietnam War, nostalgic days at the beach, and provocative hallucinations from his viewpoint. Bordering between representation and abstraction, these vivid paintings explore the emotive effect of color using both experimental and traditional mark making not seen in Culver’s past work. 

As part of an Artist Initiative Grant project, this series presents an intimate and tangible expression of memory that embraces universal themes of the human condition and of life at its brightest and darkest points. From dramatic character portraits to psychological narratives, Culver’s paintings explore the transitory nature of memory, the ownership of stories and secrets, and the inconsistency of perspective with mental illness and personal identity.

Witness
Witness

oil and charcoal on canvas, 80 x 98"

Nicotine, Insomnia
Nicotine, Insomnia

oil and charcoal on canvas, 48 x 72"

That, There
That, There

oil and charcoal on canvas, 60 x 60"

Elsewhere
Elsewhere

oil and charcoal on canvas, 48 x 72"

On the Coast
On the Coast

oil on canvas, 24 x 24" (private collection)

Pulse
Pulse

oil on canvas, 24 x 24"

Current
Current

oil on canvas, 18 x 18" (private collection)

Midnight Bloom
Midnight Bloom

oil on canvas, 48 x 72" (two panels)

Characterism
Characterism

oil and charcoal on canvas, 91 x 108"

Characterism (detail)
Characterism (detail)

oil and charcoal on canvas, 91 x 108" (full size)

Grit, Double Down
Grit, Double Down

oil, charcoal, conte on paper and wood panel, 48 x 48"

Return to Sender
Return to Sender

oil and charcoal on canvas, 24 x 24"

Gorilla I
Gorilla I

oil and charcoal on handmade italian paper, 12 x 12"

Witness
Witness

oil and charcoal on canvas, 80 x 98"

At Midnight
At Midnight

oil and charcoal on canvas, 24 x 36"

Weeping Willows
Weeping Willows

oil and charcoal on canvas, 20 x 20"

Intermission (detail)
Intermission (detail)

oil and charcoal on canvas, 60 x 72" (full size)

Intermission
Intermission

oil and charcoal on canvas, 60 x 72"

Weeping Willows (Mute)
Weeping Willows (Mute)

charcoal and acrylic on canvas, 24 x 24" (private collection)

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Grandfather I
Grandfather I

oil and charcoal on handmade italian paper, 12 x 12"

Ash I
Ash I

oil and charcoal on handmade italian paper, 12 x 12"

Grandfather II
Grandfather II

oil and charcoal on handmade italian paper, 12 x 12"

Self I
Self I

oil and charcoal on handmade italian paper, 12 x 12"

Ash II
Ash II

oil and charcoal on handmade italian paper, 12x12"