In the unconscious, nothing can be brought to an end, nothing is past or forgotten.1
There’s a key part of my process a colleague coined “busy hand” work. Busy hand work takes place in the form of collage, drawings, and found object sculpting. The sculpted items find themselves represented in paintings. It recycles and upcycles throughout. At first, the practice was purposely taking my work out of representation. The first drawing from life would be the model for the next, the third taken from the second carnation, etc. It was a practice to get my formal training out of my head and out of my hand. Now it has become my “busy hand” transition – clearing out my day that doesn’t belong near my canvas.
For me, the abstracting brings me closer to the honest truth of the emotion regarding the subject at hand.
My dad asked me in 2005 why I prefer a square canvas. It’s similar to a circle in the way that it feels like there is movement –as if I could spin it.
“Do you?” he inquired. Never. I paint as I intend for the artwork to be hung. So much of abstracting is chance and expression. That part, the orientation, I guess is my formal education coming through -giving me some need to keep my finger on the balance.
1 Sigmund Freud, The Interpretation of Dream
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