Created in 2014-2015 this body of work was my MFA Thesis Exhibition at Concordia University. This work continued my exploration of themes of deconstruction, painting itself as a subject, and also embarked on new explorations of perspective and illusionism and surface and gesture. This work also explored themes of representation: How paintings represent subjects, but also how a painting can symbolize and be an embodiment of something outside itself.
The title of the show, “Inhabited Likeness” takes it’s name from a quote by artist Laura Owens. Owen’s has said that she tries to ‘inhabit the gesture’. This work similarly tries to inhabit gesture but ones that are painted representations of gesture (i.e. a false bush mark or spill). Thus, I felt that I was trying to inhabit the faithful representation of a gesture.
These works were painted using acrylic and ink on canvas, applied in washes, spills, pours, airbrushing, projection and more traditional brush applications. They were typically painted un-stretched, pinned to the wall or on the floor, In some cases, textures were placed underneath to pick up surface texture in a method similar to frottage. This series marked a movement away from precision, hard edge masking in favour of more imperfect lines.
Painting represents thinking in a way that is superficial and profound, empty and meaningful, playful and serious
– Hanneke Grootenboer