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Ellen Soffer

Artist Statement Submitted 2019

Earlier paintings are usually the basis of inspiration for new work.
A painting begins with drawing marks and lines on the surface. These compositional elements are abstract and I work on them intuitively. It is important that these elements be universal - something that isn’t too literal but might be understood by or at least create intrigue for anyone anywhere. On another level, there is the uncertain space created by the overlapping marks and shapes. The space may seem to be inside or outside: exposed or concealed. The use of small marks to create pattern, movement, and intensity of color is an important aspect of the paintings.
Interpretation is left to the individual viewer. My intention is that the paintings evoke feelings left behind by a dream, emotion, or memory without being limited to the specific details of the event itself.

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