Experimental Sculpted Paintings

Experimental Sculpted Paintings

“It Always Changes” – An experiment in form

In an effort to move past the painted plane, I have begun investigating the idea of folded paper.  I have always consider myself a sculptor and since I began painting years ago, I have maintained that attribute.  In a reality based on quantum holographics and geometries, I have difficulty working with the 2 dimensional plane.  Borders are also a difficult concept for me to grasp.  Why should pigment stop at 4 seemingly significant lines?  I’ve struggled with these barriers for some time now.  Art is a movement, an activity, but it is difficult to express this solely with paint and image.  This brings to mind performance, sculpture, poetry and interactive technology.  All of which I have attempted in my span as an artist.  Painting is simply a readily accessible medium for myself to utilize.  In order to reconcile my differences with the medium I have started to manipulate the plane and develop some experimental sculpted paintings.  I started by applying thicker paints, pouring and repeating the process until you could see the texture.  I then started adding thickening mixtures to the paint, originally plaster, then drywall compound.  The drywall compound seems to crack more, giving more texture.  From here I began to add paper to the surface.  Bending and crushing watercolor paper that I had soaked in a glue solution and then applying to the surface.  These techniques have finally led me to simply using a thicker paper and then manipulating the form.  I create a design idea first, draw the lines I wish to use, then start folding.  After I have folded the paper, I unfold and begin to paint.  Once the surface has dried and I am comfortable with the image, I refold and determine how to hold the shape.  In this particular piece, I have used a dark colored waxed fiber, which I stitch in one continuous thread through the entire piece, adding knots at particular locations to hold the folds in place.  I am extremely pleased with the outcome of the this experiment.  The piece is lightweight and able to be hung in any orientation, even from the ceiling.  I am enjoying the potential of what may come from this process.  I look forward to more shapes and more dimensions.

Experimental Sculpted Paintings

Here are some detail shots of this work, “It Always Changes”:

Experimental Sculpted Paintings

Experimental Sculpted Paintings

Experimental Sculpted Paintings

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