artist statement

This year’s body of work is leading me in a different direction from previous years in that mark making and repetition of a number of steps dictate the process. I find great pleasure in the layering of the paint, and find that starting from the very beginning – the stretcher bars – forces me to slow down and breathe in every single detail. So that in the end I might be able to say that I made this work literally from the ground up. I work on the floor  for the stretching and first layers, then move to the table, then to the easel. I do not use reference material other than drawing from memory, and feel that order and chaos as virtual elements are part of the process, as are hope and desperation, trust and doubt.

With this new body of work I wish to explore new avenues of making, finding my own voice through the process of stretching, stapling, spreading colour, drawing, painting, finishing, stringing and then an annual show somewhere. Deo volente.

erika