Kathy Snow Stratton Artist Statement
My paintings make me conscious about looking. For me they breathe with subtle optical motion. Sometimes it seems I am staring into nothingness and at other times the universe. The grid under painting of drips acts as a scaffolding that supports a myriad of delicate gestured brushstrokes. I work to create an all over harmonic field of color and line that is unified in this motion. The repetitive mark making sets up a dynamic that pulls me in. Initially intentional in process these works are intuitive. At times it seems they are painting themselves and I am just the brush.
I begin by stretching three linen canvases. I work in a series and begin each painting in the same way. I set rules or limits with each series. These limitations seem to open up rather than constrict possibility later in the work. I drip acrylic paint on the canvases and watch it slowly drip. This is a meditative stage. I watch gravity pull and paint the canvases. When all three canvases have similar grids of dripped paint I begin to layer on brushstrokes. They are applied with an intentional gesture. I experiment with gesture and choose a stroke that will be repeated in a layer or throughout the work. The work is intuitive and elusive. After some time one of the paintings in the series presents a variation. This is a ticket. Inevitably the variation sends me through the work. At this point each painting in the series is approached unrelated to the other.
Like tickets my paintings take me to unexpected places. My intentional process gives way to intuitive pathways that lead to personal associative discovery of the metaphorical and metaphysical. These works engage me like no other and they guide and delight me with their realm of possibility, surprise and specificity while encouraging the viewer to complete their own meaning.