STATEMENT - PAMELA SATURDAY
to my recent work is the experience of layering. Many works
derive from a physical overlay of materials both organic and
manufactured, of painted or sewn patterns, and others emphasize
the painterly textures present in most works. I am strongly
drawn to mysterious forms and potent contrasts of colors,
and take a sensual approach to my work. Yet my imagery develops
out of the practice of poetic abstract painting , and just
as important as the visuality is the aspect of allusion. Metaphorically,
the emphasis on layering also suggests unknown depths and
images only partially visible or present in part. For me,
this connects to a sense that the world is not completely
knowable, that any truth is partial, and that the actual includes
approach takes form in related groups of works that to greater
or lesser extent focus on painted surfaces or include assemblage
elements. A group of mid-size paintings on paper originated
as lithographs, on which I juxtaposed geometric and loosely
organic forms, stripes, patterns, gestural marks and fields
of indeterminate depths. The visual density coheres around
subtle interactions of strong color and dynamic compositions.
These appear to be high-energy abstractions, but I work to
contain and control the panoply. In some, sheets of translucent
hand-made paper subdue the push-pull effect while suggesting
the experience of forms that is not so easily available, or
perhaps protected by a veil.
extensive series of smaller mixed-media drawings explore spare
compositions in monochrome and use line created through application
of materials and objects. Here forms are created by stitching
sparse lines of thread, fastening buttons, sewing actual foliage
or small flat bags, printing leaves or embedding nails. A
botanist in Asia provides me with plant samples from the rain
forest. Often the compositions are comprised simply of black
and white; others focus on muted tones. Some are quietly enlivened
by papers patterned in soft gold cross shapes. Minimalist
in tenor, I display them in a grid of two rows by four columns.
These offer a more subdued contemplation of surface and materiality.
images are like tapestries of myriad visual, emotional and
cultural experiences. Suggestions of images ranging from whimsical
to sober disarm the viewer, offering an invitation to enter.
I weave different techniques of paint application and assemblage
into my paintings, aiming to create a richly sensory experience
of layered images, moods, and allusions.