Marissa Madonna

Born in: 1990, United States
Lives in: Wilmington, North Carolina, United States
Describe your art in three words: Representational, Detailed, Sentimental
Education: BFA in Illustration from Hartford Art School
See More Work:  www.marissamadonna.com

Ballerina in Blue - Acrylic and Colored Pencil on Hot Press Watercolor Board, 15 x 12 in.

"My artwork is inspired by visual storytelling and capturing my subject’s likeness. A mixed media approach combines the freedom of laying bold washes with the tight control of drawing. As the piece is built up in many thin layers, I can carefully explore all the details. Quilting these details together as a visual story is where I find my greatest artistic passion."

What themes does your work involve?
Themes in my work are story and sentiment. My work brings together inspirations from all throughout my life – from my childhood memories to the relationships and roads travelled into adulthood. Each part has brought growth that I love to capture in art.
Describe your creative process.
I begin each project by gathering reference materials, most often photographing live models. While there may be an idea in mind beforehand, sometimes working with the model will inspire an idea for a painting. One of my favorite parts of the process is composing my ideas into a preliminary sketch. The sketch is then transferred onto the final artwork surface – either hot press watercolor board or toned paper. A mixed media approach combines acrylic ink with colored pencil, and finally opaque white acrylic for highlights. The piece is built up in many thin layers, focusing on each detail while also seeing the picture as a whole to create balance in the composition. I think of the value structure and each element of the painting as instruments of an orchestra playing together in concert.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
I am constantly inspired by the people in my life and the experiences along the way. My inspiration is an eclectic collection of memories and stories – sometimes even expanding upon real life in my artwork. My greatest artistic influences of all are my mentors from Hartford Art School. The techniques used in my work were handed down from them directly, and over time expanded upon in my own way. Always embracing my foundation in traditional drawing and painting techniques, I have been dedicated to carrying on the legacy of my mentors. They helped me grow not only as an artist, but as a person. I am truly grateful for their incredible support and influence in my life.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
I think that good art tells a story in some way, evoking significant meaning for the viewer (or artist!) When these elements come together in a visually beautiful way is what truly makes art great to me. I believe every artist has their own unique voice and that there is something beautiful to be found in every piece of art. Each viewer brings their own experiences and influences with them when looking at art, making each viewing experience unique. In this sense, I believe that beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder.
What is the role of the artist today?
One of the most important roles of the artist is to tell stories, documenting the events and memories of today in a lasting and meaningful way through art. I see an artist’s greatest purpose as being able to inspire others, passing the torch to the next generations the way my mentors passed it on to me.
Timeless Collection - Acrylic and Colored Pencil on Hot Press Watercolor Board, 11.75 x 11 in.

 


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Michael Potts / MYQ

Born in: 1977, USA
Lives in: Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Describe your art in three words: Spiritual, Reflective, Mind-expanding
Education: BA - English, Minor in Chemistry - Bucknell University
See More Work:  https://myq-art.com | IG:MRP_Visionaries

Reflection -
Archival Epson Digital Photography Print - $500 - 11x14 image on 13x19 paper

"In my underwater work I seek moments of sublime peace (that fine line where the conscious and subconscious meet) and the creative chaotic (where energy is released that fine line is broken and the potential becomes kinetic). I see the water as a metaphor for a dream medium and I try to meet my subjects on that boundary and hope that we are able to take the viewer from tranquil peace."

What themes does your work involve?
My work the last few years has focused on rebirth, renewal, and new beginnings using water and bright light sources to express these themes.
Describe your creative process.
Most of my work is discovered in that I rarely plan it out ahead of time. There have been a few successful pieces that I conceived and created, but most are in the moment and found in the making.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
I love high contrast black and white with water and bright light that is either peaceful or contains an element or flavor of the abstract. However I think being able to work with people I like is the best part of it and I want to create with those people because then the image means more to me, and if I love it there's a greater chance the viewer will feel that.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
There's the rub. There are different ways to answer that. You could say any piece that gets made is good because someone took the time and energy to create it. We could say that art needs that je ne sais quoi element that elevates it to meaning. Maybe it just needs to connect to someone, and I suppose we could say that the more people it connects to the "better" it is, but mass also breeds mediocrity. Ultimately it should speak to the human condition and a truth about our being and existence.
What is the role of the artist today?
I think art should first be for art's sake, but if an artist is able to see outside of the box of daily life and question "why are we doing what we're doing?" then the role is to provoke the question and perhaps offer a possible solution.

 


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Bryce August LeFort

Born in: 1984, Philadelphia,PA, USA
Lives in: Los Angeles, CA, USA
Describe your art in three words: Fluid Intentional Respectful
Education: University of Pennsylvania – BA
International Yacht Restoration School
California College of the Arts – MFA
See More Work:  www.theaugustmade.com

Let's Meet Back Here - Laminated Poplar ; 5' x 8' x 5' ; $11800

"My work is an intersection of organic design and craftsmanship. My sculpture originates from the traditional, yet contemporary, art form of boatbuilding. It evolves from the developing of techniques and processes, to create pieces that are immersed with fluidity and movement. With a tireless pursuit of excellence, my work is immersive and inspirational as both art and craft."

What themes does your work involve?
In my work, I hope the process and production stand equal in content as their result. I create pieces built on the techniques and craftsmanship of generations of makers that honors their history. The time and dedication allow me to reflect what I see and want to see in the world around me. In my art, I capture fluid movement and passage of time in the moment.
Describe your creative process.
Each of my works is arrived at differently. Some pieces are fully conceived, and it becomes a process of how to create the work. Other pieces are born from a material or technique that I think needs to be explored further to realize the possibilities. Almost all my work is a combination of the two creative processes. My practice is a journey that is constantly evolving as I work.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
Everything influences my art. How objects around us are made, the materials, shapes, color, and our interactions with each. Nature and specifically the ocean I feel a deep connection. The fluid movement of water and my background as a boatbuilder resonate throughout my practice. I hope my work can inspire others to look for the potential in materials and process, not to replace what exists but to evolve and expand.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
The best part of art is it can be great in different ways to everyone. For me being able to make art is a gift, that I try to pass along to the viewer. Great art draws in the viewer, it can shift our perspective of what is possible, it can completely capture a feeling or a moment, it can transport us to a place we have never been, or we are eager to return. Great art is made with respect for the materials, process, and the viewer.
What is the role of the artist today?
I believe an artist is responsible for listening as well as communicating. While the individual artist can only create from their own perspective, it is experienced by many. An artist can look beyond oneself to give the viewer the opportunity to participate with the work. An artist is a vessel for creation, that does not conclude upon completion, it continues with the viewer in their thoughts and memories. It is an honor.
Paper Rings - Laminated Douglas Fir and Copper Foil ; 36" x 32" x 16" ; $1750
The Way I Am (2022) - Laminated Douglas Fir ; 7' x 5' x 5' ; $12500
Ain't No Mountain High Enough, 2022 - Laminated Douglas Fir ; 48" x 54" x 28" ; $4200
Call My Name, 2023 - Laminated Mahogany ; 68" x 38" x 10"

 


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Heather Allison

Born in: 1982, United States
Lives in: Santa Cruz, California, United States
Describe your art in three words: Dramatic, Contemplative, Emotional
Education: M.F.A. Fine Art Photography, Academy of Art, projected graduation Spring 2023
B.F.A. Art History, Academy of Art
A.A. Photojournalism, Brooks Institute of Photography
Master degree Diploma
See More Work:  http://www.heatherallisonphotography.com

Copia - Photography, 32"x22", $2000

"Preoccupied with mortality most of my life, the unexpected loss of my father inspired my fine art work with focused on grief, memory, and death. I embrace the long-standing tradition of vanitas tableaux in an effort to acknowledge death and the beauty of living."

What themes does your work involve?
My work embodies concepts of grief, mortality, mourning, and death. While this may sound morbid, it is instead about inspiring life through an acknowledgment of our mortality. Grief is complex and never really goes away, but it does change with you as you change. I document my own experience of grief in my still life work and look to connect with the dead and living. I play with color theory to evoke emotion and use light to communicate feeling.
Describe your creative process.
My process begins with an inspiration or concept for an image. I then go about collecting all the props needed to realize the vision. I use antique objects, period correct when I able, I use fresh flowers and sometimes bone to fill my compositions. I spend a lot of time at antique shops searching for the perfect item for a work and tracking things down through antique dealers. I also work closely with my local florist to ensure I am able to find the flowers I want to include. Additionally, a few years ago, I started growing flowers in my own garden so there is always something blooming to photograph. I can spend anywhere from four to twelve hours on a composition, moving the objects and making adjustments so everything is just right before I click the shutter.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
I find influences everywhere, and often in unexpected places. That said, the focus of my work shifted following the death of my father. I found myself lost in grief and felt so alone. I became obsessed with the mourning and death rituals of all cultures and how these have changed over time to become what they are today. I began to indulge this fixation through my still life work. I am extremely inspired and informed by the 17th century Dutch Masters, their lighting, the light of Caravaggio, and art history in general. I make art to connect with others, my experience, and the world around me.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
This is such a loaded question! For me, connection and emotion is what makes art great. While the Northern Renaissance painters will always have a huge place in my heart, I love experiencing art across all mediums. Some of my most emotional experiences have been with abstract expressionist works. What makes a piece of art great for me is that deep communication that can happen between artist and viewer. If something makes me smile, makes me cry, makes me feel what the artist who created the work was feeling, if it reminds me of something in my own experience, if I carry that work with me after seeing it, it is a great piece of art.
What is the role of the artist today?
The role of the artist today is complex, but also simple. I chose art because it is a way for me to create beauty, to celebrate all aspects of life, and to explore the human experience. I think art should be accessible to all and should be a conduit for open communication and expression. I hope that art and the artist are able to inspire uncomfortable conversation, provide refuge, understanding, and joy. In my work, I aim to create a safe space for anyone and everyone to connect and find themselves and their experiences in the imagery.
Brevis - Photography, 18" x 22", $1200
Hām - Photography, 18" x 23", $860
Cyclus - Photography, 19" x 24", $900
Hāēlan - Photography, 19" x 24", $900
Lifian - Photography, 22" x 14", $60
Fallen - Photography, 23" x 18", $860
Sāwan - Photography, 22" x 14", $600
Vanus - Photography, 24" x 19", $960
Memorie - Photography, 22" x 14", $600

 


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KamiBey

Born in: 1997, Turkey
Lives in: Istanbul, Turkey
Describe your art in three words: Memories, Spritual, Expression
Education: Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University Bachelor's degree
See More Work:  IG@kami_bey

Awakening of Ishtar - Oil on canvas 162 x 113 cm $12,000

"My name is Berk Günay, and I'm a visual artist based in Istanbul. I received my Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts from Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University. I've been drawn to creating my own world for as long as I can remember, and for me, art has always been the most suitable space to express my imagination and myself. It's a world where I can create my own reality beyond the reality I exist in."

What themes does your work involve?
My use of distorted memories in my art reflects the changes in my perception of time and space. My figures serve as manifestations of my emotions and feelings, conveyed through the flow of paint and color in my work. Through my art, I aim to explore the deeper meaning behind our emotions and feelings, and how they can be expressed and interpreted through the language of art.
Describe your creative process.
My creative process involves a lot of experimentation with new techniques and mediums. I like to challenge myself and push the boundaries of my art. I typically start with a general idea or concept, and then let the painting take its own path. I try to let go of control and allow the painting to evolve naturally.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
My work is influenced by my memories, emotions, and feelings. I am inspired by nature, other artists, and the human condition. I make art because it allows me to express myself in a way that words cannot.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
Good art is subjective and can be interpreted in many ways. For me, great art is something that resonates with the viewer and evokes an emotional response. It can be technically impressive, but it's the emotional impact that makes a piece truly great.
What is the role of the artist today?
I believe the role of the artist is to create something that has the power to move people and make them feel something. Art has the ability to transcend language and cultural barriers, and can bring people together in a shared experience. As an artist, I hope to create work that inspires others and helps them connect with their own emotions and experiences.

 


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Olivia Jane Art

Born in: 1991, USA
Lives in: New Mexico, USA
Describe your art in three words: Contemporary, Surrealism, Femme-Centered
Education: BA Fine Art 2015
See More Work:  https://www.oliviajaneart.com/art-gallery

Nectar - Oil on panel 20 x 20 in. $4,000

Olivia Jane spent her formative years living between Europe, South East Asia and the USA, offering a unique experience of home. Life as a global nomad was influential from a multitude of perspectives and beliefs; ultimately Olivia is weaving her own unfolding story. In 2015, she earned her BFA from Warren Wilson College in North Carolina. Olivia Jane is a full-time artist, teacher and student.

What themes does your work involve?
Femme-centered, empowerment, archetypal, mystical, surreal, transformation. These are the first words that come to mind. I've always been interested in anthropology, painting has been a modality for me to explore and weave themes of our human story in a visual way. I dive into mysticism, story telling, and reclamation of feminine power.
Describe your creative process.
I often work in series, although when I step back, I see that all my work so far is culminating to fill these archetypal themes that I encounter throughout my process. Sometimes I have a specific vision in mind and will ask friends to pose for me, sometimes these photoshoots result in a surprising new vision that I end up exploring in the painting. Sometimes, the meanings behind these pieces unfold towards the end of creation or even once the public has interacted with the piece. Sometimes my intentions behind the pieces are very clear from the start and I want a specific impact for the audience. So it is really a range, but trusting that the persisting imagery wants to come through for the collective or for your own healing process.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
After school, I quit making art for a few years, but after traveling abroad to South East Asia, I was so inspired by all the art and experiences I had that I knew upon returning that I needed to make art again. I haven't looked back since. A lot happened on that trip, so the drive to create was a thirst for processing both the magic and the grief of the world, to alchemize my own trauma of coming into womanhood, and coming close enough to death that I was confronted from an early age "what do you want to do with this precious life?" All of this made me want to create art, and you can see death motifs throughout much of my work. I'm speaking to this beautiful juxtaposition that as we live we are dying, and we can celebrate this mortality rather than fear it, and in doing so, we honor life.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
I am always most impressed with art when I cannot figure out how it is made. Either the process is so intriguing or the technique is so layered that I am in awe. Then the subject matter and story behind the artist and the piece can give it further greatness. For me however, as a creative person, the technique and overall aesthetic of the pieces are the most impressive aspects.
What is the role of the artist today?
I believe the role of the artist today is: to inspire, to push boundaries, to invite others into new and unknown worlds. We are at a critical time for humans on this planet. Artists can imagine and create new worlds within their work, and thus expand the minds of the collective, and expand what is possible for the whole. It's a great honor and responsibility. I do not shy away from death motifs, eco grief, and relationships between body and land in my work because I find these topics so prevalent at this time. It will be interesting to see what happens as AI unfolds into our realities but I believe that hand made fine art will always be valuable. I believe that murals and street art and community around art will always be impactful. So I am excited for what lies ahead.

 


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Dal Hrk

Born in: 1957, Slovakia
Lives in: Buck Lake - Alberta, Canada
Describe your art in three words: Searching for truth.
Education: Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava - Faculty of architecture and design (FAD)
Master degree Diploma
See More Work:  www.dalhrkgallery.com

OUT OF CIRCLE AT 15:16 - Acrylic, pencil and red chalk on canvas - 91.44 x 91.44 cm - 3000€

"When a light is carving a human face or body the wind is brushing my memories of what I adopted in the past. I can't resist marking that moment on paper or canvas."

What themes does your work involve?
My work is mostly about human stories and life. My compositions are usually adorned with symbols, animals, insects, flowers or any other objects. I employ a strict geometrical layout in my compositions embedded with storytelling of each piece of my art. This background net is a skeleton to complete an expression of my idea on canvas.
Describe your creative process.
I'm not working in a series even though some themes look the same. The new piece will be about an architect and his creation. I started to create a new work with sketches on paper and pencil. Painting or drawing tells you when it's done.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
My work is inspired by real people and their life situations. I interpret the human body in terms of well being, perseverance, energy and relaxation. I convey my version of subconscious and conscious reality. Inspiration comes from all over the place. I don't know why I make art.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
Art is a very subjective element. When the art object resonates with your mind and soul, that's good art for me. Great art is a human discovery hidden in nature. When an art piece catches your attention without any rational definitions and you find something in it that moves you, That's a great art.
What is the role of the artist today?
Importance of enriching other people's lives. Art has always been the reflection of human perception. It applies to today's life as well.
LOST GLASSES - Acrylic, pencil and red chalk on canvas - 76.2w x 50.8h cm - 2000€
ROSE AND THE MOON - Acrylic, pencil and red chalk on canvas - 50.8w x 91.44h cm - 2000€
IN FRONT OF ORANGE - Acrylic, pencil and red chalk on canvas - 50.8w x 91.44h cm - 2000€
THIRST - Acrylic, pencil and red chalk on canvas - 91.44w x 50.8h cm - 2000€

 


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Jae Young Park

Born in: 1973, South Korea
Lives in: Seoul, South Korea
Describe your art in three words: Wool. Warmth. Healing
Education: Master's degree in Western Painting, Chung-Ang University Graduate School,
Bachelor of Arts in Western Painting, Chung-Ang University
See More Work:  https://instagram.com/jyp_artist

Woolscape: Sweet Imagination - Oil painting on canvas, 72.7 cm x 53 cm

"I paint on canvas as if I were writing a diary every day. He reinterprets images from a unique point of view and continues to pursue new possibilities of 'paintings that are not paintings'. We look at modern society with a positive and warm gaze."

What themes does your work involve?
Like a sweater made by weaving each strand of wool, the society we live in is made up of seemingly meaningless individuals who gather to play small roles to make a larger society. The uniquely created ‘Woolscape’ image shows a figurative aspect of life in modern society. Furthermore, the symbolic meaning of life has been extended to small objects that are easily overlooked, and the unfamiliarity and warmth felt through the process of changing the material properties of objects contain metaphors and healing of life.
Describe your creative process.
I uses wool (thread strands) as a symbolic form of life. The shape of the strands of wool is not outlined or filled with color, and mostly consists of repetitive combinations of lines and overlaps to take on a knotted structure. strand of wool+ strand of wool gradually appear as images of knits or objects, and the images that arise as the wools are repeatedly arranged or unwound and knotted are expressed through a drawing process that weaves the parts of life that pass easily as if knitting one by one. The work process is delicately expressed by repeating ‘repetition of lines + glazing technique + blending technique’ more than 6 to 7 times~ This is a work that requires time and patience.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
Scenes of trivial everyday objects and memories.
What is the role of the artist today?
Communication with the public through works that reveal the authenticity of the artist himself.
Woolscape: Sunrise - Oil painting on canvas, 72.7 cm x 50 cm
Woolscape: Capsule 1 - Oil painting on canvas, 27 cm x 35 cm
Woolscape: Yolk(core) - Oil painting on canvas, 65 cm x 91 cm
Woolscape: Purify - Oil painting on canvas, 116.8 cm x 91 cm

 


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Marcel Jomphe

Born in: 1955, Havre-Saint-Pierre, Québec, Canada
Lives in: Rimouski, Canada
Describe your art in 3 words: Contemplative, detailed, transcendent
See More Work:  https://www.marceljomphe.art

Floating Elements Series #1 - Photograph 50 x 40 cm (EUR500)

"In the context where nature is the great creative workshop, drawing and photography are for me the ideal tools for capturing and reinterpreting its works. This is not a mechanical reproduction of what nature produces. Nature is rather associated with my creative process in which I favor aesthetic validity. I explore the elements in an intuitive way in search of balanced compositions."

Describe your creative process.
I meticulously observe the world of organic structures where its unique intelligence unfolding in infinite forms fascinates me. These forms are reinvented in my imagination in poetic works of beauty or as a window into a metaphysical realm. Thus, creating a distinct style and identity of my own, which pushes me to diligently work for hours on detailed drawings or series of photographs. Finally, my artwork is an intimate interface between the real and the imagined. My creative process uses observations that are slowly distilled over time in my subconscious, and finally rendered in detailed drawings and photographs either traditionally (brush and ink, graphite) or digitally produced. These days, I even go so far as to blend my drawing inside my photographs.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
I make art mainly to capture the impermanence of beauty, the Japanese have an expression that sums up this dual perception of "mono no aware" aestheticism. It means "beauty tinged with sadness". There is no beauty without deterioration. The Japanese expression "wabi sabi" also applies to this notion of impermanent beauty. I capture these moments of impermanence to show them and make them last a little longer. These moments are used as a basic influence and inspiration, which are then reinterpreted, therefore, moving further and further away from the first level of realism.
What is the role of the artist today?
There are two things that unite us all -- our dependency on nature and the universal language of art. In response I would also quote Abbas Kiarostami (Iranian film director, screenwriter and producer): "The purpose of art is to extract us from our daily reality, to lead us to a hidden and difficult to access truth."
Floating Elements Series #5- Photograph 50 x 40 cm (EUR500)
Floating Elements Series #4 - Photograph 50 x 40 cm (EUR500)
Floating Elements Series #3 - Photograph 50 x 40 cm (EUR500)
Floating Elements Series #2 - Photograph 50 x 40 cm (EUR500)

 


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Helena Barbagelata

Born in: 1991, Italy
Lives in: New York, United States
Describe your art in three words: multidisciplinary, socially engaged, symbolic
Education: PhD in Philosophy from the University of Salamanca
See More Work:  https://www.helenabarbagelata.pb.style

The Nameless Silence - Acrylic and gouache on canvas 50x70cm $1500

"For an artist like Barbagelata, art is an open dialogue with the world, where the other side of the mirror reflects a sphere of experiences in which the physical and the abstract coexist harmoniously. It is as if a unique environment of perceptions emerged, mixing the real and the oniric, the lived and the imagined - an intersection between the palpable and the invented."

What themes does your work involve?
I’ve explored work that stands for a social cause and activism against violence and discrimination, but I’ve also worked on narratives and motifs that are symbolic in nature and open to a wide range of interpretation. I truly like to question concepts, ideas, and the validity of social and cultural norms and embed them into my work. Sometimes I incorporate themes that were nuclear to my experiences, other times I reflect upon different concepts or raise different questions. Mostly, I enjoy stirring the viewers mind and emotions, creating work that is an open experience in itself and that leaves room for the imagination.
Describe your creative process.
I take my time to envision my ideas and I allow them to overlap with different fields and different perspectives, this can range anywhere from blending art with the sciences or introducing elements of something that I happen to notice in my surrounding environment that helps solidify an idea. Sometimes it can be a feeling, a color, a verse, the tune of a song. All these interceptions are a part of my organic process of ideation and creation.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
Art is simultaneously pleasure, emotion and curiosity, but also imagination. Without that widening field of imagination we could not envision different possibilities or make different choices. The fluidity of art helps us access that stream of endless possibilities, it can turn a closed mind into an open mind, a closed community into an open community, it can make us more conscious and aware of ourselves and others. This is freedom. A freedom that is in constant warring with the rigidity of our social structures.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
Art must awaken something in you, it can be a thought or a feeling, but it must reach our innermost core.
What is the role of the artist today?
Today's world gives us the opportunity of broadening our reach and engaging with different types of people, building dialogues through art, and making an impact in various communities.

 


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