I first began working through the series in early 2020 as a meditation on color, line and shape and as a restless need to push some paint around. I needed calm, structure, reliability and organization within the chaos of the national and global condition.
Each work gives me somewhere else to be mentally and spiritually making up for not being able to be somewhere else physically. The series is cathartic for me to work through with the repetition of lines and shapes and gives me the relief and joy of escapism.
My interests in natural wonders and phenomena, foreign places, transcendental experiences and optical lighting effects are at the core for this body of work. I am trying to capture purity and nuance of color and study color interaction with this series of paintings.
The organization of color, gradients, progressions, irregularities in size of the lines (or striations) are inspired by heightened sensory experiences of nature, sunsets, sunrises, exotic places, and imaginary worlds. All influences are either from memory or imaginary.
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I want to capture a daily experience of the supernatural qualities of color and of a place by using this minimal language to create a sort of destination.
Arrangement, scale and placement of the lines and shapes are important to figuring out how to make flat color read as volumetric and spatial; it is a fun challenge!
I'd like each painting to be seen as something richer and deeper than just color, but instead, a transcendental moment or dreamscape serving as an escape.
It's important for me to communicate that because it's a deeply personal struggle; but others feel it, too, which brings me comfort and a sense of community and solidarity through troubled times.
It's a powerful movement being able to drift in and out of space and awareness when viewing a work of art, whether it be alone or as a shared experience, and that's what I'm hoping to achieve with "Striations".