Jen Garrido’s abstract paintings are all about opposites; man made and natural, negative and positive, abstraction and representation. Each picture carefully made, the process exactingly executed.
Her oil paintings are made up of layers of paint, which, when mixed together, bleed into one another to form blotches, splats, splots of delicious ice-cream colours, rich and sensuous. The white areas are richly textured to make shapes and define the negative space on the picture plane. You could say that the colour slowly erupts, bleeds out of the heavily textured space, creates an impression on a white landscape, spring coming to life after winter.
Here’s what Garrido has to say about her work:
I construct my paintings and drawings by using a delicate balance of choice and process.
In response to personal narrative and internal dialogue, to the push and pull of the compositions internal gravity, and to the medium of the paint or drawing materials, I project images and forms onto the surface. As I compose, I weave shapes through the picture plane, the gestures I record can read alternatively as flat or as dimensional and sculptural. I favor nature-based forms and rhythms and I am drawn to shapes that tangle, overlap, sit, lean and lay. In my most recent work, the compositions balance between architectural and organic, painted and drawn, collapsing and firmly rooted and formal and biomorphic.
As I work through the multiple stages and processes of each piece, by weighing ambiguity with representation, by adding and subtracting, abstracting and transforming, I gradually arrive at the final composition.
Via It’s Nice That
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