As part of the UNC art department’s Master of Fine Arts exhibition series, “Your Turn to Burn,” graduate student Damian Stamer’s paintings are on display this week in Hanes Art Center.
Staff writer Elizabeth Baker spoke with Stamer about his show — the inspiration behind it, the process of creating it and what he hopes people will take away from it.
Daily Tar Heel: What is the inspiration behind the show?
Damian Stamer: I’m showing landscape paintings inspired by the places I used to explore as a child growing up — not very far from here, actually.
I’m taking barns, fields and the sky — places from my history — and putting them on panel. I’m kind of mashing them together with the history of painting.
DTH: What was the process of creating your show like?
DS: This show is a great time to bring everything together through the program.
It’s a nice moment to see where I’ve come through all of the guidance, mentorship and working with fellow students and professors. It’s a time to see how the work has changed in the past two years.
To get ready for it, I pulled together some of my most recent work that I’m happy with and that I think pushes the form in a new direction.