Triptychs often emerge in my work, whether contiguous or spaced apart, as in Lateral. These individual canvases did not start out intending to stay together. The more I considered them, worked with their placement and added marks, it felt right for them to remain a trio.
I'm fascinated by tonal gradients revealed when diluted pale acrylic is placed against a matte dark background. The forms float almost celestially, yet retain a calm, grounded sensibility in their arrangement. In their interplay there is a sense of energetic connection, although the marks themselves do not traverse from one panel to the other, as they do in some of my paintings.
In retrospect, I chose to keep the elements from joining across panels, and yet desired to keep the separate entities together as a single presentation. It's possible that this choice reflects how I'm processing the state of relationships during this pandemic from a micro to macro level. I find myself seeking connections that illuminate where we actually are right now – examples of heightened awareness, care, or compassion – that exist not despite, but because of, our apartness. While our experiences are fragmented during these historic times, universal elements of our humanity have the potential to bring us into greater solidarity.
Lateral in progress.