“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”:
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