so much is happening – it’s all there – the hidden stories behind the strips of painted, collaged pattern that tell it all – a new way to create and reconstruct, upend and reconfigure for a new beginning with a new way of working – for me, a strong lesson in letting go – a way of tearing apart paintings and reassembling them – a way of freeing myself of self imposed systems and confining structures.
the reconstruction series started out as a new way to mix patterns, color, and creativity – weaving became a welcome potential for concealment – a moment for privacy – a personal discovery to open up my imagination – a peaceful chance to organize the chaos around me – to me patterns are the mystery of art – the new works reveal secrets of a whole other painting that is the past and gone forever.
the hope for when the viewer approaches my work – i want them to bring themselves totally – not to want to know more about me – i have done my work – honestly and with all i can give – i want them to be curious about what is happening to them – do their work – figure it out for themselves.
painting is not a rational act for me – it comes from a place i do not choose to examine – the moments feel like gifts – i just let them happen.
the cutting of the canvas is the final symbol of truth – it is the letting go and trusting the paintings will start a new beginning woven together.
sally s bennett