ARTIST STATEMENT

What does it mean

FOR A WORK TO BE FINISHED?

WHEN I WAS A BEGINNER, I used the formal picture elements to judge when a work was finished. 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.  

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

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

Tracey Russell

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