Kathy Snow Stratton Artist Statement
Light is an elusive repetitive metaphor in my paintings. Through random mark making, I am continually struck by how light emerges and brings order from chaos. The more random, layered and complex I intentionally make a painting the more unified and simplistic the surface outwardly becomes. The small spaces created by drips and brushstrokes form a unified field on each work. These spaces always appear to me to be pinpoints of light that are not unified by emptiness but are instead unified in their illumination. In this context I experience a curious union that for me connects the process of painting to the endless and the unknowable. As a painter, I am seeking to understand this, even though I accept it as an impossibility. These spaces literally breathe and change with context of meaning as they visually shift. Their illuminated unity alludes to both the microscopic and universally infinite. They coexist forming a universal union. It is this union that is an important aspect of each work.
Within a self-imposed process each painting is constructed with drips, grids and gestural brushstrokes on a stretched linen canvas. Layers of drips are applied. This step is often meditative and often tedious as I essentially watch the painting paint it self. Spaces between the drips and brushstrokes are made. The density of these spaces form a visual illusion of something spatially very minute to infinitely vast.
My responses to these harmonic spacial combinations of light allow me as a painter to be present in the painting like no other subject I have known. Each work is layered with aspects of science and the ineffable. This hierarchy of painted expansive fields invites me and I hope my viewer to question and complete their meaning.