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plastic bags

When Hemingway started the plastic bag series, he was sure he was painting an element which, in time, would become a thing of the past. He thought it might take 100 years to displace plastic's hold upon us, but now its dominance is clearly on the wane. He wanted to record our reliance upon this material. In his childhood plastic bags never existed in this form. Its rule has dominated us and like the Berlin wall, he never expected to see its overthrow. Perhaps some other toxic man-made substance will take its place, but will it be inspiring to artists like him? Hemingway has loved plastic packaging and confesses he still does, for its visual impact. He is glad these paintings record this moment in history.

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