My third painting was finished the day of installation. To my delight the painting fit well with the other two paintings I was showing. Thier was a definite progression evident within it, however it also made references to the discoveries made in the two paintings hanging with it. My concern of the wall space was also put to rest during installation. The wall allowed for each painting to have its own space and allowed me to hang them at desired intervals. Hanneline felt the installation suggested seriality, each space almost could be read as another painting. Hanneline as well as the critic, Beth, both discussed my presentation in terms alluding to its honesty. Beth also addressed the relationship of paintings to its presentation, suggesting they go hand and hand, reinforcing eachother. how my paintings are obviouvsly ply wood glued and nailed to more wood. its about process.
Meeting with the critic, Beth, was an amazing experience. She was a very intelligent woman and it was such a pleasure to speak with her. She was able to identify important points within my work and experienced my work in the way I hoped.
Beth began by analyzing the formal aspects of the paintings. She felt the interaction of layer, line, shape and color were effective. She felt the limited color pallete was successful, describing my off compliments as “sophisticated”. Beth found the relationship between form and space interesting. Hanneline referred to this same relationship as a chess game, identifying my process of going back and forth between image and space.
Beth recognized the degenerative aspect of the image, sensed they were crops of larger images, and most importantly that these have a strong reference to my process. She also discussed how the paintings offer wide possibility of paint. As expressed through excerpts from my written thesis, these were all main points within my written thesis.
"The figures in my paintings are described in terms of fragments, the body is considered as “parts” out of context of the whole. The result this philosophy imbues is a series of visual representations of the “body” deconstructed from its formal conventions, and recreated anew with imaginative and defamiliarized qualities."
"explore psychological exposition and physical deterioration"
Beth, Hanneline, and my peers were able to interact with my paintings in different ways.
implications/interpretations of shape/image:
- post industrial
- submerged object
- machine formed/ man vs. machine
- molded plastic
- joints/ desire to move
"These paintings are not easily read, they require the viewers active engagement, looking and deciphering."
“The illegibility of the subject will ideally allow the viewer to contemplate, absorb and experience the painting in its entirety, in efforts that the expression of the whole will add up to more than the sum of its parts. While enhancing the importance of the paint and process this also will allow the painting to take on ambiguity from which viewers are encouraged to construct there own reality.”