Size: 30"W x 40"H x 1"D
Year Created: 2018
Ready to Hang
My father and I read The Tempest together this winter, and I wanted to make a sort of 'book report' painting. This still life represents all of the novels I have in my library right now.
I have been painting about stars, lately. I'm interested in the opposition between very deep space (vast, unfathomable, it might hold anything) and the surface of a picture (flat, tactile, it might hold anything.) I usually paint with my best friend, Geddes. We've been performing a monthly painting conversation for about a year now: one day every month, we sit facing each other, surrounded by paints and water buckets, piles of white paper and colored scraps. We each paint twelve paintings over the course of twelve hours: Geddes paints for an hour, then sets her painting before me. I respond to her painting with a painting of my own, and then deliver my response to her, etc. The process helps us work through ideas, free images from our glutted subconscious, re-combine images and ideas in permutation after permutation, communicate with and pay attention to each other in a language un-stymied by social convention, patterns of speech, and linear thinking. We each have hundreds of one-hour paintings piled in our rooms, paintings that are both seeds for new works (the project is a performance designed to generate other performances) and evidence of a meaningful painting ritual. We have expanded this conversational painting practice by inviting other artists to paint with us. We learn about their techniques, their subject matter, their various approaches to setting up their supplies, they ways they conceive of an artwork, the music they listen to, the things they talk about while they paint, etc.