Relying on invented form and the serendipity of process, the work explores painting as a means of integrating and transforming the self through the reconciliation of opposites. Expressionistic mark-making is juxtaposed with grids and repetitive, symmetrical patterns, painted and woven from torn paper. The process of resolving each piece is revealed through the layers.
Both the methodology and imagery reflect a desire to find unity through a reductive process; each piece is made whole from within. By recycling images as well as actual fragments of paintings and images of past work into the surface, what was once discarded or abandoned is renewed and reintegrated. Image blends with ground, as shapes move in and out of paintings, disappearing for a time and then re-entering. Order and chaos collide in an attempt to come to grips with the nature of the visual paradox.
Recent work includes a series called "ShelfLife", abstract depictions of objects from a personal visual vocabulary, composed on horizontal bands or shelves. Ambiguous, reductive forms inhabit the shelves as they merge in and out of the background.
Contact Barbara fishcakeNC@aol.com
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