For the past year I've had two bodies of work running parallel to each other - representational depictions of nature and wildlife and abstracted architectural structures. (I've felt split in half.) Last semester I made the decision to focus mostly on the architectural work - it is a new way of working for me so there is a lot to explore and experiment with.
Here I am now - midway through the first week of my final year in grad school which means…THESIS SHOW! Eh-ghads! Translation: I need to start making a cohesive group of work to show in May. So what do I do? I complete two paintings…one meteorite and one geometric-fied cube. At first I felt like I was back to square one, completely torn between which path to take - organic vs. manmade, but then I hung them side by side and realized they were pretty much the same form. What does this mean? I have no fucking idea. But it's taking me somewhere so I'm just going to buckle up and move along.
|Meteorite, oil, 31"x23"|
|Cube (until I come up with a better name), oil, 22"x16"|
The cube painting above had an interesting morphing process….
|At one point last semester I considered this a finished painting.|
|But then I decided to flip it upside down and add some yellow.|
|Next I just sanded the hell out of the whole thing and blocked in some super dark purple.|
|Added some finishing details and ta-duh!…painting conversion complete.|
Hey, you know what helps when you're trying to decide between two paths? Add a third path. Just kidding, it doesn't help at all but it's a nice distraction from having to choose from the previously discussed paths.
|Vitrine I, flashe and gesso, 13"-ishx11"-ish|
|Vitrine II, flashe and gesso, 13"-ishx11"-ish|