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Reni Gower

Artist Statement Submitted 2016

Using the language of abstraction, I blend a fluid improvisational painting approach with a repetitively structured and analytical one to create complex images that counter visual skimming. I incorporate the circle as a repetitive decorative motif, as a metaphor for binary code, and as a cultural symbol. Through intricate patterning, I combine these references to contrast passive technological consumption with the redemptive nuance of work made by hand. By creating a private space within a public one, my art quiets the mind and encourages contemplation.

Fragments is an ongoing mixed media series, in which acrylic paint is applied to canvas, cheesecloth, nylon and aluminum screens, plastic, and rug-hold. These materials are torn or cut into strips, reassembled in layers, and suspended from wooden supports. Pivot.(points) is an ongoing series of acrylic paintings on paper mounted on to canvas covered panels.

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