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Sam Rathbun

2017 Intern Artist

Memory Merchandise

14’ x 20’6” x 12’9”
Cast iron, paint, and fabricated steel

Artist Statement
Memory Merchandise represents the systematic process of remembering particular spaces I have occupied in both my conscious and unconscious past.

As I transcribe my dreams into a physical body, details get rearranged, disappear, and reappear, often quicker than I can document. Instead of depicting exact structures and forms, I create symbols for repeating elements. I utilize odd angles, ambiguous forms, and open spaces so that I may revisit a particular space in future works without restricting my memories to prior manifestations.

Sam Rathbun

Born: Naples, NY, 1993
Resides: Naples, NY

• BFA, SUNY New Paltz, 2016

Selected Exhibitions
• Nonagon, Franconia in the City @Casket, Minneapolis, MN
• Trendy, Practical, and Sacred, Syracuse, NY
• Governor’s Office Exhibition 2016-17, Washington, D.C.

Selected Awards
• Outstanding Graduate for BFA Painting and Drawing, 2016
• SUNY Student Art Exhibition Best of Show, 2016

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