The Process of Abstraction
In 2015 I began incorporating linear elements into what had been solely curvilinear work. I form straight lines by pouring paint onto canvas stretched directly on the wall, then rotating the canvas as the paint drips. The lines created through the changing angles and the force of gravity act as catalysts for the circular, organic forms I have been making since 2011. These forms, and the densely entwined, cell-like shapes that moved through them, were influenced by the stones and stonewalls of New England which seemingly grow out of and merge back into the ground as if part of an organic whole.
My method of combining media and moving collage fragments around before adhering them to the canvas helps to build imagery and increases the emotional and physical range of the piece. Forms develop naturally as shapes and textures extend from and move through each other in a dance of mark making. Texture is added through a process of layering paint and collage, which keeps the momentum of the piece moving forward. While working on a painting I continue to rotate the canvas, creating balance and flow.
Viewers often comment on how much patience I must have to paint so many small, intricate circles, over and over again. In fact, the work is meditative and therapeutic. In my studio I lose myself in the repetition, color and texture of my visual language.
I also draw daily and find that working in multiple mediums helps me to develop ideas and new imagery. The circular stone, pebble and cellular shapes in my work illustrate the circularity of my process: moving from canvas to paper, from large scale to small, continuously seeking renewal and growth.