For the past year, my art-thoughts and art-activities have revolved around the circle as a form and as a concept. This investigation will culminate in my solo show, Satellite, which opens on Friday, October 6, from 4-7 PM at MacRostie Art Center in Grand Rapids, MN.
This body of work depicts circular forms in a variety of configurations. My painting process is determined by the urge to cut things into small pieces and the need to rearrange and move the pieces around. When working on canvas, I first paint onto raw canvas, cut circles out from what I’ve painted, and sew those painted circles onto a larger sheet of canvas. I bring chance into my work through my painting techniques: I water down the paint, I let colors bleed together and move around before being absorbed by the canvas, I spray more water onto the wet paint to see what will happen. The results are often surprising, and lead me to new ideas within my work.
The methodical and deliberate process of hand-sewing the painted circles onto larger sheets of canvas contrasts with the more spontaneous and free process of painting. This juxtaposition keeps my paintings balanced and allows me to move between different ways of working, which holds my interest in the work. The sewing process is slow and meticulous, while the painting process is loose and energetic.
I’m inspired by circular and cyclical ideas of all kinds, from the micro (cells, seeds, grains of sand) to the macro (planets, stars, galaxies) to the intangible (the circle of life, the cycle of the seasons, the rhythm of a beating heart). Circles represent many things in nature and in human society, and are universal symbols of unity, inclusiveness, movement, time, and potential. It all speaks to the concept of interconnection between all things, and to the idea that a circle can be one individual object and a whole universe containing everything that exists, both at the same time.
To see all 29 paintings from this body of work, click here.