|Hybrid Panel 2 - Maple Leaves 10" x 8" paper and acrylic on panel|
|Drawing 11 - Spruce Twig 8" x 10" Graphite on Stonehenge Paper|
The other day I jotted down a few notes about the 'hybrid' pieces I have been working on; that is, paper and poured paint on wood panels.There are many dualities or contradictions inherent in this work:
My subject is inspired by elements of the natural environment, but my materials are created through highly industrial processes.
Acrylic paints are derived from petroleum. They function by creating polymers and plastic-like films which adhere to surfaces. The wood panels are made from trees, but they are laminated, cut, sanded and attached together in factories.
The cut-paper silhouettes were referenced from drawings based on digital photography. The painted panel backgrounds were more intuitively created to allude to visual memories associated with the subjects of the initial drawings.
Figure-ground relationships create the interest and tension in these works. Some areas of the wood panel have been cut away, exposing the wall behind the panel.
The wall becomes another layer in the figure-ground relationship.
Silhouettes and drawings emphasize the structure and strength of the plant forms, while revealing delicacy in their details.
Sharp edges of cut paper contrast with amorphous areas of poured paint. My intention with the poured paint is to suggest shadow or mystery in layers of possible detritus, frost or snow.
I am influenced by Ellsworth Kelly's plant drawings and lithographs in my attempts to simplify shapes in nature. My detailed studies of natural objects seem to be a first step in the process of identifying their essentials.
Entropy, as suggested by Robert Smithson's writings, comes into play in the most recent panel( #4). The surface of the wood seemed too polished and finished compared to the rough textures of the ivy leaves drawn in charcoal. Once I sanded the panel's surface, becoming the agent of entropy myself, the piece began to evoke more of the concept I was aiming for. I may sand it more, but I will leave the piece alone for a few days before deciding.
Drawing #11 and future drawings will be done in graphite. I used 2h-6B graphite pencils on Drawing #11. I am curious to see how the graphite will interact with the poured paint. The forms in this drawing may become silhouetted on a panel, or I may eventually cut the drawing. I have a 10' x 8" photo of it to experiment with.