Portfolio > ABSTRACTIONS

To Defy the Laws of Tradition
oil on panel
16x20 in.
2017
Over the Falls
oil on panel
20x24 in.
2017
Over the Electric Grapevine
oil on panel
16x20 in.
2017
Southbound Pachyderm
oil on panel
20x24 in.
2017
Too Many Puppies
oil on panel
20x24 in.
2017
Year of the Parrot
oil on panel
16x20 in.
2017

Started in 2016, this body of work consists of geometric abstractions using the same color palette as the representational pieces. Although these look like calculated systematic compositions, they are messy and transform from one moment to the next. They are as lyrical as an improvised piece of music. I am constantly working and reworking the colors and gradients in these panels until they vibrate. The basic formal construction of these is based on the directionality of triangles and gradients to create focal points throughout each piece. This manner of depicting space creates a pleasure and tension through color combinations and construction. Paintings are built from the outside working inward. Although the panels are beautiful and the color is lush, I intentionally create space that feels claustrophobic and tense. There is a palpable emptiness in these abstractions, an absence of the figure which points directly to my own experience with loss and grief.