Red stripes, floating circles, and densely packed air
I can feel the density of the South influencing decisions that I make as the weather here becomes more humid and temperatures inch towards triple digits. The air becomes physical, and marks that fill negative space on painted surfaces are more naturally pressed together. I want space to feel like a thing.
These images have influenced one-another over the past week. The interactions that happen as I use one as a stencil for another, impulsively scrub a single mark across all three, or get an idea for one while working on another, feel like they are related to an ecosystem. I made note of something that Enrique Martinez Celaya wrote recently about his Lone Star show. He wrote that the body of work is not an assembly of individual artworks and writings. Instead, he wrote, he approaches it as a totality or as an environment, where one work is hidden or revealed by another. This idea of objects and words concealing and revealing aspects of one-another over time has had a big impact on my process. I have been trying to explore it both literally and conceptually.
It is possible that these will become a triptych eventually, but they may also go their separate ways.