The Man in the Iron Mask by Katie Wagner

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Each poster is hand-printed and handled, to make sure that only the highest quality is offered and sent out. The matte paper and high quality of inks make for a vibrant image which looks great both framed, and au-naturel. Printed in Los Angeles, CA, on Epson Enhanced Matte Paper, heavyweight stock, high color gamut, using Epson UltraChrome HDR ink-jet technology. Framed posters offer the same, museum-quality printed poster, but wrapped in a protective black frame. The frame is lightweight and includes a shatter-resistant acrylite front protector, so it won't break in the mail. International orders may be subject to customs duties & taxes.

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Artist Statement

People always scoff and “eep!” at the sight of a city rat, but they have always been inspiring to me. City rats know the ins and the outs; the cracks and crevices of alleyways. They’re scrappers, collectors, and observers. While walking through a sea of suits and briefcases, passing luxury Chicago hotels I always find myself in alleyways picking up wooden panels to repurpose for my next work of art. It is through these not so elegant situations where I find my inspiration. Through my work I challenge viewers to accept a different kind of beauty by accentuating detail in bumps, wrinkles, slime, sludge, rust, cracks, globs, tears, holes, rips, and just about any texture I can throw into exaggeration. As a student I was always told not to use too much black in my work and to refrain from thick, heavy outlines. Lets just say I have always challenged the rules I have been given when it comes to art, and my work has come to embody the two things I was told to never do. I am a scrapper, a collector, and an observer. — Katie Wagner