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so far in representing an artist’s work. Seeing Hargrove’s works in person allows the viewer to have an experience with the pieces that gets lost when viewing on a screen. In Central Florida, we have the opportunity to experience all types of art, and, like nature, it can often be enjoyed without the use of technology. Arcadia ii-vii, acrylic on beech plywood For Hargrove’s series Right to Roam, photographic images do not do the pieces justice. These images exist somewhere between painting and sculpture. She starts the creative process by making two-dimensional sketches, and then digitally selects the colors that she will use for the painting. The sculpture is made next, and lastly it is painted. When viewing these three-dimensional sculptures as photographs online, they appear to be flat paintings. Hargrove’s graphic painting style makes the pieces difficult to distinguish that they are three-dimensional, but seeing the pieces in person allows for an interaction that would not happen otherwise. Having the ability to move around the piece freely is something that an online interface cannot provide. Interaction is an important aspect Orlando’s Art Scene, v. 1.5 of Hargrove’s art, which represents community. The Right to Roam series uses a variety of colors and modular shapes that come together to create one unique work of art. Viewing the works from different angles can make them appear slightly different, but because they are hanging on a wall Hargrove’s art is approachable. These pieces can be read as cairns or buildings, but either way they represent landmarks that require a community to create them. Currently Hargrove is on her second sabbatical with Rollins College. She is excited to be able to participate in this year’s Art in Odd Places, and her work will be exhibited both locally and internationally through the end of the year. By exploring nature, community, and consumerism, she has been continuing old bodies of work and creating new conceptual work. “Art is difficult, and that’s okay.” Being an artist is not an easy task, and it is a job that lasts a lifetime, but sometimes consuming art can be difficult as well. Like American culture, Hargrove’s work gives off a friendly appearance while containing deeper meanings, but if by studying her work you do not see anything beyond the surface of paint, she is okay with that. ed ix m n ao i ed l ne pa ,m rc Ci ap tM ui You can see more at: DanaHargrove.com 30