Atlan Arceo-Witzl (b. 1996 Oak Park, Illinois) is currently a student at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs in the state of New York. Atlan has been drawing regularly since he was five years-old starting with Disney characters and progressively moving towards comic book inspired superheroes. Currently his images reflect his own aesthetic language where he frequently and flawlessly combines figures, patterns, and shapes with words that help anchor and complete his compositions. He has recently learned reduction woodcut prints at school and for several years has been exposed to linocut with his father.
Atlan Arceo-Witzl • “The Eminent Barrow – Allegiance in the Totems Tailored in the Top Layer of His Own Skin,” 2016
Many of the most cliché manifestations of superstition are concrete, palpable ones. Physical objects that carry spiritual weight are everywhere and are easy ways of displaying one’s beliefs with a broad stroke. I am interested in the pride and fidelity that people have in religious symbols, a totemic superstition. Here I imagined an individual so enveloped in the material symbolism of his beliefs, naively hoping that he could supersede a mortal existence.
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