Though different in means,Thomas Eggerer's more explicitly activist art is closely linked to his current painting. At the heart of both is a question of belonging-- an exploration of how a collection of selves becomes a community. This issue is thematized in Eggerer's paintings through his tendency to represent groups, but it is even more powerfully addressed on the level of form. For in his canvases the placement of a figure within a ground is almost always traumatic. And this formal trauma--in which the ground rejects the figure as a body might reject a transplanted organ--allegorizes social alienation.