A Process of Inundation
In my backyard studio with a new idea, May 2017.
When I get an idea, I like to be ensconced. Art in my mind is completely immersive. When I close my eyes, it spreads to the peripheries. It has sound, temperature, movement. Donald Judd said it well: “Art is everything at once. … In visual art the wholeness is visual.”
In my MFA studio at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, July 2014.
When I start on a new series, I start everywhere. I work on as many pieces as will fit into my space, spanning the walls and the floor. This theme-and-variation way of working allows me to reiterate the idea and discover what wants to be said. I become physically immersed in the new idea.
Pieces often start from the same place, and move in different directions. Paintings in progress, Fall, 2016.
The concurrent pieces are never the same, as I hate to repeat myself, and every stroke picks up where the other left off. I am learning about the format, media, and mark-making through iteration, as I go.
Working on many pieces at once also takes the pressure off of any of them to work out, and keeps me from loading the whole tray of glorious yellow or velvety eggplant paint I just mixed onto one single surface!