My artistic process
continues with my ongoing experimentation and study of the movement of line and
definition of shapes and edges within the space of each of my compositions.
I study 3D objects of
all kinds, especially those from the mid-century modern building
architecture, which is
important as a comparative in assisting my work towards translating
objects and shapes into 2D. I am especially interested in the art form from the
movement, founded by Ukranian born artist, Kazimir Malevich around 1913. His work had a focus on basic geometric forms, such as circles, squares, lines,
rectangles and painted in a limited range of color. I strive to create each piece so there
are both elements that seem to float on the canvas and ones which seem
grounded by extending lines off the canvas and around the sides
space where these lines are no longer visible. At some point in the
build of each
composition, I like to add a few oddly placed skewed and
lines, dashes, or shapes in and outside the design area in an attempt
to disconnect the flow. I especially enjoy any blank space within the
I feel it is in these isolated spaces and off-centered lines that have a
strangely exciting and enticing effect - it is because these spaces can allow
for a moment of detaching and creating stillness, which creates a kind
of void in an area that allows a pause to breathe
before starting the movement once again.
I am painting using Flashe vinyl emulsion paint, a water-based vinyl paint with an extremely flat matte finish. Flashe paint was often used in the 1960s for fine art, illustration art and stage scenery. The matte finish of Flashe paint makes each piece look as if it is printed instead of hand painted.
I enjoy a pace of painting that
creates clean and simple compositions as I feel this creates a balance in the
often messy and complicated times, we live in.