I view painting as an encounter. It is a means of communicating through my interaction with my materials. In this work, I am not referencing images or objects, but am painting to explore my own ideas. When creating art, it is imperative that I have an intense connection with my materials. This connection enables me to engage in a process that is authentic to me and to the material. I am connected to a painting when I cannot tell if I am acting or reacting, if I am guiding the paint or if the paint is guiding me. In this way, through interacting with materials and embracing uncertainty, I have found a process that allows me to explore and experiment freely.
The subject of these paintings is the visceral experience that unfolds through the interaction of my mind with the materials. What is seen on the canvas reflects a series of choices and interactions with my subconscious, supported by a process of working with the materials. From painting to painting patterns emerge, tracing an underlying context that I am exploring in my work and in my life.
Friday, April 23, 2010
most photos by Steph Young
What interests me most in painting myself is the impermanence of it. When I'm finished the paint washes away. The only evidence is the photos and no one can see them unless I let them. No one can see me painted unless I invite them into the room. It doesn't become an object and it doesn't exist unless I want it to.