Drawing & Painting
This series of square paintings aims to deconstruct perceptions of the environment around us by presenting glimpses of single moments. I intend for viewers to find themselves wandering through the spaces depicted, as each individual piece of the series is a very small moment of time depicting stormy clouds, a calm body of water and piles of dirt.
When making the series, I wanted to completely eliminate horizon lines and have flat paintings. The flatness of the paintings abstracts the subject matter; turning the everyday into the unfamiliar. This unfamiliarity aids to hold the viewer’s attention, inviting them to explore further into the individual pieces.
When the individual paintings are viewed together in a grid structure, the pieces that are more abstracted are balanced with pieces that are more representational. This forms a bigger picture that the viewers can immerse themselves into. In order to create an intriguing view of the mundane subject matter, I utilized harmonious colors that are interpreted from the reference photos used.
This series sets out to capture the beauty in the overlooked parts of our landscapes and in a moment of time. Viewers can expect to be fully immersed within the series as they meander through all of the individual pieces, this entices viewers to forgo the rush we are caught up in. Once the viewer has left this series, they may find themselves looking at things such as grass growing through the cracks of the sidewalk or a field of weeds in a different light. My hope is that viewers begin to appreciate even the small pieces of the world, but also consider ways in which the smaller moments can add up to greater complexity.