The most essential creative component of the work in this review is drawing. Line and structure underpin all of my work. The desire for very literal, linear and crisp shapes has led me to hybridize the granular structure available in drawing, with the usage of tone and color throughout the composition incorporating a variety of painting and collage techniques. My background in graphic design and printmaking has a strong influence on the visual aspect of my work.
These pieces represent a departure from the minutiae of that mostly digital process and its limitations. I'm encouraged by working on a larger scale than can be achieved in most print processes because it allows for the viewer to relax into the space(s) of the work, creating a more inviting dialogue. While offering greater depth and interaction, these pieces still invoke the search for order and harmony between disparate elements that is a hallmark of my design work. I use drawing as an armature. Critical points in that armature are elaborated upon through the use of smaller shapes. In this work, the shapes have little subtlety in and of themselves but instead work in concert to reveal visual relationships throughout the picture plane. In development there are often parts of the composition that become very dense, sometimes resulting in individual forms asserting themselves. Focusing on a non-figurative approach, I find myself exploring the mutability of those objects.
There is usually a way to make the most assertive forms part of the greater array as opposed to having the work become about them. In life, there are often aspects of one's whole experience that seek to dominate. I think of these aspects as a kind of imposition. The work is a suspension or static view of an ongoing, charged and dynamic interaction based on finding harmony and beauty in those tensions rather than on conquering them. I seek to invite the viewer to find individual meaning--preferably a sense of unity in multiplicity, balance and visual harmony. It is my hope that in this work you will experience the interplay of these sometimes challenging forms as a rich, complex and satisfying whole. Stand clear of the closing doors please. -SAC