"I like to use a cowboy hat to represent myself in paintings, as if the cowboy hat is a character. It shows up in a lot of my recent work. I bought a cowboy hat to wear to a formal as a joke, and I ended up wearing it a lot more than I expected to, especially around my apartment; one could say I’ve grown sentimentally attached to it. It’s such a simple object, but when I make paintings about it, the first question anyone asks is, 'what is the cowboy hat for?' - je

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