Size: 18"W x 18"H x 1.5"D
Year Created: 2015
Ready to Hang
I always begin with drawing, which really begins as mark-making, the essence of drawing. My point of departure, is usually somewhere in a state of chaos - where I leave the environment or a situation in charge of the direction to which the marks are made. It is then up to me to find or create a sense of order; to clean up the marks and form and build a narrative with lines and layers of color. I work on paper and wood simultaneously, and often integrate them with each other. It could be my eternal longing for and foundation in clay, but my instinctive nature is to seek out the boundaries of a material’s strengths and vulnerabilities - and to define where the breaking point is. Both paper and wood seem to naturally coalesce with my need to push and pull. I use painting, printmaking, sewing, collaging, incising, tearing and perforating to draw, and choose my surfaces and materials accordingly. Aesthetically, my work is imbued with elements that reflect on the world around me – where struggles for balance and variation exist in the spaces between order and chaos.
I began drawing because it was transportable, cathartic and accessible. I’ve now worked over the past 20 years to redefine what drawing is to me, and have yet to find a complete and simple answer. I’m constantly on the prowl for that moment of discovery and opportunity to evolve. How a drawing begins and ends, spans the spectrum of, and defines the spaces between.
Renee was born in Englewood, CO. Her family moved frequently as a child, which gave her the experience of seeing many landscapes - both physical and cultural throughout the western half of the United States. She spent most of her adolescence in Washington state along the Puget Sound but headed to San Diego after high school, to receive her BFA from San Diego State University. She returned briefly to the Northwest to complete her MFA in Sculpture from the University of Oregon. After graduating, Renee lived on the East Coast and back to Colorado before settling with her husband in San Francisco, where they live and work with their 2 young boys. The bustle of San Francisco is rejuvenating for Renee and keeps her constantly inspired to dabble in new things. The thriving artist community in the bay area allows her to show and promote her work in a variety of different ways both nationally and internationally.