"Directions in My Paintings" by Jennifer Ann Wiggs
A painting is like a group of things being held in a delicate tension. I like playing with pictorial cues.
Play is a necessary ingredient in making art.
I think my work is about painting.
Most of the time an idea is a starting point. Often a question is the point of departure: what happens if I…?
I’m interested in organic/geometric shapes, and shapes that the brush wants to make.
I like a balance between geometric and organic shapes.
Shapes are both figure and ground… every shape is a positive.
Compositions are improvised, responsive, and unfold during the process of painting.
White is a sub focus at the present. Both as a color and as the field.
White shapes are ‘carved’ out of the field (paper) by focusing on the negative (i.e. white) side as positive shapes are created.
I seek to engage with the field.
I like nuanced color relationships; where for example, a blue-gray changes to a pinkish -gray.
The opaqueness of gouache encourages flat shapes laid down side by side.
Gouache mimics the velvet, mat paper surface in Color Aid papers, and I enjoy composing with these papers in collages.
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gouache on paper
12 x 12"
Bonnard and Bird of Paradise