“Levato Coyne’s implied apocalypse is unspoken, gradual, and partly conducted by our own hands as well as the hands of those who come before us, and maybe even those who love us.”
- Kathleen Rooney, "Invisible Threats," The Believer Logger, 10/14/2014
My drawings are paralinguistic symbolist portraits and still lives - meaning is indicated, but encrypted.
Each drawing begins with an interior narrative rooted in personal history: a family ejected from the American South who took with them many of the curious beliefs and habits of the Appalachian Mountain Kingdom — folk and fairy tales, addiction, violence, and a peculiar relationship with the natural world. This origin then meets other present influences, typically medical or literary, to shape the final works.
Combining lush realism with an economy of line and negative space helps create a schema that differentiates the human from the flora and fauna that populate the work while, contrarily, breaking down the wall between interior and exterior, reality and non-reality. Dense layers and rich colors drawn without the confines of space and time force the narrator's story into focus, albeit an elusive and undefinable one.