The paintings I am currently making are process driven.
I start working on a panel without making preliminary sketches.
Sometimes I think I know what I want but it always falls away when
I see what develops in front of me as I work. Formal concerns and
logistical considerations guide my hand more often than not.
work flat using self-leveling water based media and clear resin. I
start by building up a paint layer. As this layer grows it develops
a topography that interacts with the self-leveling media in the same
way that water does in a landscape. When this paint layer has progressed
as far as I want to take it I level out the whole painting with a clear
coat of resin which flows over and into the layers of paint creating a
clear, flat layer. When this new layer is dry I start painting on it.
My paintings can have as many as ten distinct layers.
The following quotations are from an interview with Matt Morris at my studio on Sunday, May 9, 2010.
work’s about everything all at
once; it’s about a universal thing that I
might have access to, a state of being that doesn’t have anything to do
with any kind of description. I’m so sorely aware of this humancentric view
of how we process information in the world; it just seems like chewing
things up a lot. There’s no need for answers. I’m very interested in a
process of non-thinking, instead pulling something out of that spiritual
ether and letting that guide, because there is a natural, coherent
systemizing of life. The whole thing is a quiet watching. "
messing with all of that
cultural build up, all of that time binding, all the
things that we are culturally and individually. I explore it through watching
my own organism, using myself as a litmus test for where I look and what
I allow myself to be. What I am at any given time is the current content of
my consciousness. Since I’ve been watching my consciousness, the
paintings have just become beautifully happy. My work, my life, all rolled
into one. There are no hours; there’s no time."