Landscapes

landscape, ink and torn paper

landscape, ink and torn paper

landscape, ink and torn paper

For the past six years or so I have been trying to reconcile the tangible and intangible aspects of media and images.  With these ink wash paintings on rice paper, I use a plastic backing instead of blotters in order to super-saturate the paper and preserve wrinkles when the paper dries.  I work the images from both sides until I settle on the “front”.  Although in the past I have used white tempera to reclaim lights, lately I have begun to use torn paper.  I’ve also torn pre-painted sheets of rice paper in order to match or contrast existing tones.  The physicality of the wrinkles and the torn paper provide a counterpoint to the otherwise intangible tendencies of the ink wash.  The paintings above are still in progress.  They are interpretations of the landscapes that I appreciated while in Italy, filtered through memory and adjusted as compositional experiments.