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Richard Feaster

Artist Statement Submitted 2019

This most recent body of paintings reflects my longstanding dialogue with the materiality of paint and the processes of mark-making via the abstract canvas.
The central theme of this artwork is the perception of time via the physical experience of material handling and mark-making. Informed by sustained periods of experimental drawing, the resulting mixed media works on canvas embrace spontaneity and directness of approach, a hybrid of drawing technique and traditional painting methods. The physical behavior of the various materials reference time-based action, presented in the work as “drips”, “splatters” and “stains”, which I move freely about the canvas via collage. This non-linear working method mimics our digital interactions, making visible the mystery of material processes that unfold slowly over time and leaving a visual index of clues for the viewer to pursue.

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