Artist Statement

Artist Statement

‘It's intolerable to be stopped by a frame's edge’
Clifford Still

In order to build the layers of surface in my paintings I had to forget to be an artist. I abandoned brushes & began using carpenter’s tools; scrapers, chisels, grout & floor brushes. My mind dwells on concrete walls, metal & faded posters; the remnants of a party under a public bridge, or a kid’s brazen scrawl on a public wall. As a consequence, the construction of each painting develops using destructive techniques. Surfaces are assembled layer by layer, then dismantled, creating planes of unintended colour & shape relationship. My technique renders the familiar outline into abstraction; a break down of forms. The quiet segments within some works, allows the mind to rest & wander into the chaos of an adjacent texture. Each painting feels like it extends beyond the four sides of its frame; I want the viewer to be immersed in that possibility; the possibility of its ‘reality’.

It frustrates yet excites me to make pieces in this frenetic manner. Every ‘accident’ enthralls me. My paintings have taken on their own abstract expressionistic language. Each piece must be brought to the brink of uselessness before I can pull it back to make it ‘work’. All rules are broken. This frustration, excitement & challenge are integral to each of my compositions.

Tracy Sweeney, October 2014