My paintings are small abstractions, haptic records of a mental reality. They arise from a feeling of intimacy with a place or another person, or often, both. I might note the shape of the space between his head and the lamp on the table, or the angle at which a structural beam meets the ceiling when viewed from my bed. My eyes scan around the physical spaces I inhabit, attempting to square me with my surroundings. My mind recalls fragments of past experience, reconstructing angles and absences.
The paintings are an equal conversation between these perceptions and memories and the space of painting itself. Their compositions and color relationships hold, but do not resolve, the dualities of figure and ground, absence and presence. Their small scale echoes their origins in intimacy and foregrounds their material fact as both images and objects.
During my residency, I will continue my ongoing investigations while allowing the place of Weir Farm to enter the work. I’ll start a new paintings and make drawings that will inform subsequent works. I will really live inside the paintings, removed from the pressures of daily life in New York City.
~ Erin O'Brien
These Artists - Coming Soon!
JUNE 27 SARAH GOETZ JULY 25 MYDA IAMICELI
Weir Farm Art Center 735 Nod Hill Road Wilton, CT 06897