PAIRINGS // Galleri Urbane
My practice spans a range of media including painting, sculpture, installation, and cake. Central to my work is an ongoing fascination with the complex workings of human emotion and the pursuit of happiness through color, form, flavor and arrangement. I have experimented with methods of accumulation and removal that hide and reveal at the same time, requiring viewers/participants to think about the act of ‘consuming’ art in unexpected ways. The stripes on the paintings are the edges of consecutive layers, one laid over the next as days or weeks pass. In some works, the layers of paint are freed from any support--liquid color is poured into pastry trays, and, once dried, peeled of, a flexible, fondant-like sheet. Some of these are stacked into teetering piles, becoming object rather than image, while others are used as a kind of wrapping, turning anything (everything?) into a gift. This new body of work considers the notion of pairings and what it means for two things to go together. I use cut sheets of poured paint to wrap around sticks, frames, paintings and paint itself. The result is an awkward and imperfect object with bulges and uneven edges that become highlighted in contrast to the clean, even, flat stripe paintings. When two striped paintings are hung on the wall next to each other, a conversation is implied. When a paint wrapped stick holds up a sheet of paint against the wall, a relationship is suggested. I like the idea that a color can stand in for a flavor or a feeling and that paint can stand in as a character or prop and that by pairing these layered objects in a show, a story unfolds.
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