marcy

dunn

ramsey

CAUGHT IN THE CURRENT

 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There seems to be an inexorable pull in the forces of nature towards either order or chaos.  Perhaps it goes back and forth.  These paintings are an exploration of that idea, that we are drawn by forces outside ourselves towards some kind of resolution.  We can get caught up in the weeds or drawn by currents – our efforts at control often seem futile or illusory. When caught in a riptide the rule of thumb is to relax and float with it instead of fighting to escape. In this body of work I have tried to allow myself to float freely and fully experience the paint instead of trying to impose my will.

LINE DANCING 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The dominant theme is conveyed through linear interactions. Lines dance with each other, circling warily, joining in ecstasy, crossing in conflict and pushing against the confines of the canvas in a celebration of growth and discovery. They are the carriers of intense color, like the bold crayon strokes of a child. In dense networks the lines also act as nests or incubators of future growth in a kind of controlled chaos.

 

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Recent Work

playing on the edge 2016

Balancing Act  2017

 

Navigating the spaces where water and land intersect has always offered a wealth of inspiration.

 

It’s a risky place.

 

You can fall in very easily.

“With every painting, I begin with a puzzle, a challenge to solve a paradox of some kind. How can I balance this dark with that light; or this primary color with those muted ones; or this symmetrical composition with that dynamic palette. It’s all about finding some kind of contrast that will make an image compelling, and keep me on a high wire. It is in the process of finding that balance that the underlying meaning of the piece begins to take shape. The ultimate balancing act for me is to reconcile the real world image with the interior world’s truth. Sometimes it happens miraculously fast, other times it takes a lot of back and forth, but there is always a moment when I can step back and see something new happening. I find that moment tremendously exciting!"

SUSPENSION

 2014

Suspension, the title of the show, signifies the state of being in-between and unmoored or floating.  In this show the work reflects that concept as the space between land, sky and water,  There is a lot of variety, but throughout you will see a refreshed sense of color and energy and an underlying theme of suspension.  The palette reflects more "growth" and in some of the latest ones, the effects of air and wind.  Textures also vary, going from translucent layering to energetic impasto.  Edges are often blurred, suggesting movement and the effects of light and air.