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Inhabited Likeness

Statement

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

Artwork

Violet Swish

Acrylic on Paper
14in x 18in
2015

Dim Pair, Pink Flush

Acrylic on Paper
11in x 14in
2015

Assorted Marks on Pale Yellow

Acrylic on Paper
14in x 18in
2015

Indigo Shadow

Acrylic on Paper
14in x 18.25in
2015

Beauty Spots

Acrylic on Paper
8in x 10in
2015

Blue Trim

Acrylic on Paper
15in x 18in
2015

Powder Blue Wobble

Acrylic on Paper
11in x 14in
2015

Lilac Bands and Ripple

Acrylic on Paper
15in x 18.25in
2015

Hard Edge in Muted Violet

Acrylic on Paper
11in x 14in
2015

Purple & Grey Composition with Recess

Acrylic on Paper
11in x 14in
2015

Chevron

Acrylic on Paper
11in x 14in
2015

Vignette with Incident

Acrylic on Paper
15in x 18.25in
2015

Cocoa Zee

Acrylic on Paper
15in x 14in
2015

Twin Pillars

Acrylic on Paper
15in x 18.25in
2015

Untitled

Acrylic on Canvas
30in x 24in
2014

Untitled-Stripe

Boogie Woogie

Ink on Canvas
48in x 36in
2015

Gesture

Acrylic on Canvas
40in x 30in
2015

Oink

Acrylic on Canvas
48in x 36in
2015

Gesture on Yellow

Acrylic & Ink on Canvas
48in x 36in
2015

Quinacridone Rose

Acrylic on Canvas
40in x 30in
2015

Scuffy Veil

Acrylic on Canvas
40in x 30in
2015

Lilac Bands

Acrylic on Canvas
40in x 30in
2015

Velvet Navy Blue and Subtle Imperfection

Acrylic on Paper
14in x 15in
2015

Velvet

Ink & Acrylic on Canvas
30in x 24in
2015

Zip

Ink & Acrylic on Canvas
40in x 30in
2015

Taut Blue

Acrylic on Canvas
48in x 36in
2015

Belini

Acrylic on Canvas
48in x 36in
2015