My interest lies in the power of the visual and my purpose with these paintings is to create a dynamic, sight-based sensory experience. I want to stimulate the viewer’s visual cortex where color, pattern and forms are interpreted.
The paintings originate with geometric patterns. Using a pattern as a template for the composition, I select sections within it, making new outlines. One of these shapes will become the central element to the piece, into which another pattern is placed. Within that structure, blocking in with color, I isolate new shapes in a symmetrical arrangement. Each selection is a reaction to the previous choices of form and color. The mutations may adhere closely to the original or deviate radically.
To produce a flat, soft hard-edge between the forms, the paint is applied without the use of masking tape. Brushstrokes are minimal, but not absent. The color and surface are rich and belie their graphic beginnings. Each painting is symmetrical, a kind of kaleidoscopic Rorschach blot, which encourages the viewer to seek recognizable forms in the picture such as the features of a face, a body or an object. Each painting is intended to captivate the viewer from a distance and completely satisfy upon close inspection.
- Leslie Wilkes