My recent series of works are inspired by the process of automation and intuitive responses to music. Painting and music have oftentimes been thought as "sister" arts since so much of the creative process can be related and informed by music influencing painting and visa versa. Throughout my life, my interest in music has been a life-long passion. It instigates my creative process, whether designing for a client through my business or finding inspiration to paint, I have to listen to set the stage of creativity in my mental environment.
This set of series is inspired by Beethoven's later String Quartets. The result of these first "compositions" (1a - 1c, 2a - 2e, and 3a) are intimate works on paper. The use of gesso, Japanese paper, ink and paint allowed me to explore the beauty of subtle textures. Historically, string Quartets, were written for an intimate and musically-sophisticated audience–usually royalty or wealthier patrons of the upper classes requesting private concerts. As the title suggests, String Quartets indicates only 4 string instruments. The result is a of phoenetic conversation between these instruments, sometimes harmonic & melodic and other times tension-filled.
Music is a time-based medium. What attracts me to this type of music is that each time I listen, my own personal response is different depending upon my mood, time of day, receptivity, etc. The same is true for the viewer of my pieces as well, each viewer will respond with their own unique and individual set of thoughts and emotions. Music is a combination of composer, musician and audience, all coming together in a variety of ways to take part of some kind of performance. The same parallel can be made with painting. These pieces are very immediate and quick, allowing for experimentation, new decisions constantly being made moment by moment. And they will be executely differently the next time I listen to the String Quartets. Therefore, I see myself in these works, also being a kind of performer as well.