MIXED MEDIA COLLAGE PAINTINGS
In 2017 I realized how many old, rolled up painted canvases that I had stored over the years and I imagined a potential for them, surmising that the built-up paint surface might prove useful. Although there was considerable effort put into working on these paintings originally, because of an inability to conclude them, they were abandoned... but not discarded. I decided to repurpose them by cutting them up into smaller pieces and rearranging those pieces as new abstract images. All of that earlier effort is revealed in these new assemblages, you can can see the labor in the layers of color as they are arranged with renewed invention.
In abstraction, there exists a reliance on the most basic of compositional elements: color and shape, to somehow engage and inform the viewer. Paring down to these essentials requires the artist to use very concise visual language without reliance on identifiable objects.
A video showing my progress in the search for an ever-changing form of self-expression.