For this exhibition, I decided to present a range of work that transitions from the completely non-objective to traditional portraiture. My abstract paintings hopefully will communicate the action of leaving behind anger, hopelessness, confusion, and frustration in favor of clarity, determination, and optimism.
From a technical standpoint, when working abstractly, I am most concerned with layering and the application of a wide variety of marks. I also find the variation of different levels/states of visual order and control fascinating.
As I read through the lyrics of James Weldon Johnson’s song, a few lines in particular jumped out at me. “Out from the gloomy past, till now we stand at last, where the white gleam of our bright star is cast.” These lyrics were the starting point for my work.
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