Visual Art – Chicago
In many of Puryear’s works, the title will be absent. “I want the viewer to give the piece meaning, to give it a story, a life.” He muses. “I want them to make it their own.” However, with themes ranging from redemption to aphrodisia, each piece is unquestionably personal to Puryear. So personal in fact, that he likes to incorporate a piece of himself into all his work. Be it a subtle symbol such as the allegory-laden lotus flower, to a more conspicuous self-portrait of a fedora adorned individual, Puryear’s literal influence is never lacking, despite his desire for outside interpretation.