I’ve recently returned to painting, working through fractures and fissures, spaces and contrasts, lines and grids, as the visual language.
I’ve found that I am in a new kind of relationship with the painting, as it is being made, and that the painting and I are companioning one-another. I begin of course by bringing my language, experiences and contexts, and I start with something – most often a doodle or semi-autonomous line. Then I sit with the image, and listen for what it needs to be, and I do my best to respond to that. I’ll often leave multiple “unfinished” paintings, just to be with, and will contemplate them off-and-on for long periods of silence. When a painting speaks back, when it pulls at me, and carries in it a spark that is undeniable, I will listen and respond by continuing to work on it.