“I use the words you taught me. If they don't mean anything any more, teach me others. Or let me be silent.”
― Samuel Beckett, Endgame
I work between two opposite viewpoints-- one considers painting a window into another reality, and the other a constructed object. On one hand, I make no attempt to hide the materials I use. The paintings are on panels--I do not gesso them, but allow the wood grain to show in the final piece. I also call attention to the object-ness of the painting by applying areas of brightly-colored paint that seems to sit on top of the surface. The character of the material of the wooden support I use is underscored by the contrast between the wood and brightly colored paint.
In other ways, my work embodies the opposite approach to painting because I create an illusion of space in them. Some shapes are achieved by using matte-black gesso that is dulled even further with acrylic medium--very little reflective light bounces off the surface. I also apply the paint so that it is very smooth, and brush strokes are indiscernible. This combination produces the illusion of a void on the surface of the painting, and implies a reality separate from the object--or something “other than.”