The space between
Paintings on Stretched Silk
The Space Between
My paintings explore the nature and fragility of the superficial layer. Using silk organza as my canvas, the paintings present the surface for what it is, a dubious facade wrought with hidden elements. Each work reveals its infrastructure, conceding how it was made. I am particularly interested in how space is inhabited and choose materials that facilitate this. Silk enables me to experiment spatially while using it symbolically as a facade-like structure. It is deceptively strong, holds shape and pigment, yet allows for shadow and light to play a role in the work. The process of making is intentionally slowed by stitching thread into the silk canvas, thereby penetrating the work’s surface and the hidden layers behind. Constructed geometric shapes are incorporated into the paintings offsetting the delicate with the bold, the ethereal with the solid. The paintings incorporate random patterns found in nature with the human inclination for order and symmetry. By using a canvas that is translucent, the ability to “see-through” the work becomes part of the viewing process. With each work, I investigate the reliance on exterior appearances while exploring what lies beyond, continually playing with the elements that constitute painting. My painting surfaces are comprised of contrasting layers. shadow and light, forming a Painting in Space that scrutinizes the nature and fragility of facades. While these facades have value in our society, my intention is to discover just how vulnerable they are. Pushing the limits of materials and drawing on my experience as an installation artist, I want to challenge the notion of a painting, how it is made, presented and experienced.
”Materiality: The Matter of Matter”
Curated by Bethany Engstrom
Center for Maine Contemporary Art