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Grafitti II

18.00"W x 24.00"H x 0.8"D

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Medium: Painting

Subject Tags: heavy texture, blue and purple, blue, abstract wall art

Media: acrylic on canvas

Size: 18"W x 24"H x 0.75"D

Year Created: 2017

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Growing up on a small farm in North Dakota, I was fascinated by old, weathered things, rusty machinery, peeling, crusty paint on old abandoned buildings. These were useful items in their day, providing shelter or performing hard work to produce food or other necessities. This fascination has stayed with me and my paintings revolve around these kinds of thoughts. "If an old building could talk, it could tell you many secrets of the inhabitants, their struggles and joys or an old rusty piece of machinery now sitting silent, resting, so to speak.

The thought of texture provides inspiration: Imagining the feel of a rough, rusty machine or the crusty feeling of old siding on a weathered building. I build my layers with thick paint and impasto and many layers of paint colors. I scrape away part of a layer and add another with my fingers. Subtracting and adding layers of color that builds the surface and character of my paintings, through a process of scraping, rubbing, adding and subtracting. As in nature, some moves are bold while others are more subtle, like the trickle of a stream on a mountainside or the constant motion of waves on a rocky beach. Each painting starts with a plan and, at times, can veer off path to reveal a surprise. The painting usually tells me when it's completed as there is a conversation between myself and what I create.

Mary Ellen has always visualized what she wanted to portray in her art and then went about getting it done through a process of scraping, rubbing, adding and subtracting layers of paint and mixed media. With this process the texture and tactile quality comes alive when layers of paint sink into the texture and create depth. She has a penchant for old, weathered things, rusty machinery, peeling, crusty paint on an old abandoned building and peeling billboards. These were useful items in their day, providing shelter or performing work to produce food or other necessities. Her paintings revolve around these kinds of thoughts, if an old building could talk, it could tell you many secrets of the inhabitants, their struggles and joys or an old rusty piece of machinery now sitting silent resting, so to speak, after many long years of taking care of the land and helping provide food and necessities. There is wisdom about these items that is difficult to put into words. It is better to use tactile processes to portray that wisdom.

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