The Dilemma of Being an Astoria Artist

The dilemma that an Astoria artist faces is this: when one approaches Astoria from the east one sees it as the last outpost of Western civilization, nestled way far out on the absolute fringes. One could never imagine Astoria as representing any type of culture, on the contrary, deeming its inhabitants as “backwoods hicks”. When one approaches Astoria from the west (Pacific Ocean) one sees Astoria as their first example of western thought, culture and art, one’s first glimpse of Rome, if you will. Personally I like to see it as the latter, the absolute jewel of a vast empire stretching to the most eastern reaches of western civilization.

Nicholas Knapton


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