The beginning of creating from my perspective is to approach each canvas anew and pursue the opportunity to have a new interaction with that surface. The idea of starting with very, little if anything accept a simple image in the beginning and then creating something completely new from the encounter with the creative consciousness is extremely appealing. I am inspired by a variety of artists including John Michel Basquiat, Cy Twombly, Brice Marden, Helen Frankenthaler, Gerhard Richter to name a few. The individuality of their works incredibly inspiring.
I have reviewed Gerhard Richter’s work and I am very interested in his ideas of deconstructing abstraction. He questions the meaning of abstraction with regards to social constructs of image both with recognizable and unrecognizable imagery. He seems to be challenging convention in terms of what abstraction was and is for us today. I have applied paint to the surfaces of my canvases and then proceeded to remove and deconstruct the paint to reinvent the image in different ways.
I have also seen some Brice Marden paintings and was very intrigued by his use of a stick or extension of himself to make the marks. I find that Pollack and Marden were attempting to detach themselves from the canvas so the essence of the paintings would reveal themselves. I have attempted to use tools that would extend my reach into the painting with the use of extension devices; I find it very challenging, mainly because I enjoy the direct contact with the canvas. I am very tactile, physically connecting with the canvas. I enjoy the feel of the paint as I apply it to the surface.
I have pondered the work of Kara Walker on an ongoing basis. She has awakened in me a feeling of pain, humiliation and history. She depicts violence, sexuality, strength, and truth within her imagery of antebellum victims and victimizers from which I find it difficult to turn away. I am considering adding imagery to my work that speaks to these past atrocities and how they are very connected to our world today.