Zach Koch (b. 1985) Artist Statement In my most recent series of oil paintings I’m tapping into anxiety-filled memories of violence, insecurity, and seduction from my life experiences and those I relate to in popular culture. Within my painted environments, it’s commonplace for a high-quality .jpg of a 19th century Ingres painting existing in the same virtual space as a screenshot from a 21st century Japanese anime and a still-frame from a popular video game. I’m inspired by these ostensible non sequiturs sharing a common space – in essence they are deceitful. I need this degree of separation. A clear narrative is masked by obscurations of transparent overlays, skewed geometric or uncertain perspectives, and the use of appropriated imagery as a surrogate for autobiographical data. I think of these paintings as being intangible, like the transitional haziness from a flashback or montage trope seen in television and film. As each meticulously painted layer converges they distill into a point of singularity for image, symbol, and thought - a collapse of space and time.