The thing I love most about making art is the experience. Whether I’m painting abstractly or representationally, there is a deep personal journey that happens during the creation of each piece. My work becomes a statement, a conclusion of sorts, about what occurred within me during its process. For quite some time now, process itself has been the main concept of my work.
I started working in patterns a few years back, specifically those reminding me of computer circuitry, and more recently have begun experimenting with new ones including shattered glass. I make my paintings by using a technique in which I create alternating layers of painted images and strips of tape on the same canvas. I then pull up the tape to reveal bits of each painted layer in lined pattern. Sometimes these layers are a solid color or and abstract image, other times they are detailed paintings of specific, real life things, and the number of painted layers range anywhere from two to a dozen on each canvas.
What this means is that I am creating several different paintings one on top of each other on the same canvas. When the tape between them is removed, I am destroying many images to create one new unpredictable one.
The best part about this process is that I have no way of knowing what the final product will be. There’s no way of knowing what it will look like, if it will be successful or if I’ll have to start over. The process itself is an exciting one, emotional even. There is anxiety, frustration, excitement, anticipation, and contentment that comes with working on something that is so hit or miss. I can have ideas or goals for what I want the image to look like, but can’t be sure what my work will look like until the last piece of tape is removed. There’s an intense thrill that comes with being a painter who doesn’t know what exactly she’s painting.
Overall, the experiencing of art making and truly focusing on process over product is the basis for my most recent work. I’ve realized, however, that I’m also making another statement by immersing myself in this idea. If I am saying anything with my work it’s that I’m not in control. No one is. And that’s okay.
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