In my recent work, I have been experimenting with the use of pattern to create interesting spaces within found reproductions of landscapes. I think of this work as a type of collaboration with the art that is already made. I collect the landscapes from used calendars, thrift-store art, and other forgotten sources. I use my decorative painting techniques to highlight interesting aspects of the landscapes, and breathe new life into the space. I want to create a new appreciation for the art that is no longer being valued.
Here are three paintings I completed with this in mind:
This painting above is on top of a painting found at a thrift store, and the two images below are cut out from old calendars.
You can see that the patterns I used played off of the natural forms, and were inspired by the life, color, and movement in each of the landscapes.
In discovering my own rhetoric for patterning, I looked at some contemporary artists using patterns in their work. Of all the artists I stumbled upon, I fell in love with the paintings of Jennifer Davis. The use of color variation, density, and repetition combines to create beautiful figurative work. The loose and gestural work create a whimsical, Darger-esque quality. (If you don’t happen to know the work of Henry Darger, you probably should. Here’s a link.)
“Well” – by Jennifer Davis
“Ghost” – by Jennifer Davis
Jennifer also does painted work on found objects:
“Wonderhorse #2” – by Jennifer Davis
an instillation shot from Jennifer Davis’s show “Joyride”
With inspiration from Jennifer and other artists, I will continue experimenting with patterns and playing with collage and collaboration, and I will share my progress with you along the way!