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Jodi Hays

Artist Statement Submitted 2015

Painting is a state of constraint, an investment within limits, the same way architecture bends and works within our cultural matrix or grid. My work is an eclectic abstraction drawing from soundbites/language, pattern and the built environment. This composite of influences on the work­ from the history of painting to sights on a walk ­becomes an account of events and spaces, the painting serving as a surrogate souvenir.

Primarily using oil paint and tape both as a resist and as an object itself within the work. I build up and scrape into the work. Hard edges (using tape, mask and stencil) belie a vulnerability to the work as a whole. I am interested in a kind of aesthetic redemption, that a painting can explore a sum of disparate parts made whole.

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