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Tracey Russell

Artist's Statement

I explore the beauty and complexity of expressive, deliberate and subconscious mark-making. Spontaneously following these suggestions of line, pattern, color, and texture, I create an abstract narrative with a subtle hint or implication of a thought or experience.

What does it mean for a work to be finished? What’s the purpose? When I was a beginner, I used the formal picture elements to judge when a work was finished. I think as I mature as a painter I have come to realize that the process is the product. Maybe those picture elements are ingrained in my subconscious and I’m not aware of them. I am strictly using my intuition – conscious vs. subconscious. Maybe good abstraction is by nature an incomplete act.

If I start feeling too comfortable or too finished with a painting, I will purposefully mess it up, maybe with an off color or shape or line. Then I have to start again. The more times I start over, I think the richer it becomes.

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