STATEMENT- LYNN DREESE BRESLIN
choice of my subject matter has a personal or biographical
reference. I like to work from common objects and transmute
them into metaphors for the human figure or for human relationships.
Whether working with my own ordinary garden gloves, with chairs,
with coats or other subject matter that have affiliations
with family members, I transform the objects by inner and
unconscious thoughts, memories, desires, and emotions that
are triggered in me during the process of painting them. The
fabric and folds of the gloves, the draped chairs and the
coats conjure not only references to a draped figure, but
they also retain the impression of, and resonate with the
presence of an unseen hand or body. The gloves, chairs, and
coats for me are meditations on absence because, paradoxically,
even though the gloves chairs, and coats are empty, they appear
to be animated by the gesture of a hand or infer the presence
of a body now absent. They are a kind of metaphoric and referential
portraiture and question the reality of absence and presence.
What is authentic and what is palpable?