I have currently started a new body of work which evolved out of exploring with various materials in 2014.
The work today developed from experimenting with found book covers. These book covers I worked
on are lost now, and I wanted to go back into this work, but had no interest in shopping the recycled centers for used books. Originally, the book covers were found in the dumpsters outside the building of where I live here in Oakland, California.
Over a course of nearly three months in 2014, someone was emptying out a friend’s space who had passed away. Apparently, this person had a large warehouse space on the second floor and was possibly a used textbook dealer. Everyday, the friend was hauling them out and tossing them in the dumpsters as well as leaving piles in our lobby until he was told to stop cluttering the ground floor. I was compelled to grab an armful every day until I realized I filled a few boxes under my studio tables, and decided to use them to test out various paint materials on these different surfaces. And, sometimes ripping the top layers if the cardboard was fraying on the edges.
I used graphite, charcoal, pastels, china markers, spray paints, acrylic, oil paints and wax.
I am studying the visual language of information in these book covers. Something in the unfinished quality and marks draw me closer -- feeling comfortable today with the smears showing up and sometimes disappearing with the different tactile quality of the materials which drives my work.
Here are some images of the many book covers made in 2014 and below them are 4 out of 12 of the new series which are untilted at the moment. In my next post, I'll share the process that came before the new work.
Above are 4 of the 12 new paintings which are still untitled. They are 9"x12"x2" on wrapped panel. The materials are Graphite, Charcoal, Oil Paint, Oil Pastels, Encaustic and a surface coat of clear glaze.
In my next post, I'll share the process that came before the new work and how the drips became an important part in relationship to my experience in wanting control with my materials, and problem-solving.
Whatever the medium, there is the difficulty, challenge, fascination and often productive clumsiness of learning a new method: the wonderful puzzles and problems of translating with new materials. (Helen Frankenthaler)