High Rise Regression: Painting Series
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As I worked I found the clear, concise structure of the forms I painted resonated with me. Doing this work I discovered a lot about my own worldview. The choice to make simple structures and bare landscapes was at first, simply a natural inclination I had. Upon reflection, these forms began to take on meaning for my own life. I really appreciate uncomplicated, straightforward rationale. The hardest part of this series was the absence of a rigid, discernable structure for me to work within. I felt an endless array of choices at my disposal about what I could potentially paint, and I literally detested all the freedom of choice. I noticed in myself how reliant I am on outside guidelines and schedules and here I had to create all my own to fashion the work. Eventually, after a couple of failed paintings in regard to material and composition, I found a way to methodically and calmly execute the work. I had to make deliberate choices about the process. As I narrowed my scope, there was a surprising turn of fortune. The elements most important to me naturally began to move into the foreground while the others fell away. That is how I arrived at a clear interest in color and shape for the series. In addition, these colors and shapes began to mold themselves after the knowledge I had acquired during my years attending Kalamazoo College.