Piece of the Week: Splash, Scratch, Stomp
This week’s Piece of the Week is one that you need to come and see in person to really understand its composition. She not only incorporated eccentric color and shape combinations but also used unique materials to create the end result of one of the smaller pieces to the “Push Play” collection.
One of Jennifer Christy’s favorite techniques that she discovered while challenging herself in her “Push Play” series was to squeeze the paint straight from the tube, creating a design and shape with untouched paint. She loved the depth that the texture left on the canvas but knew that her rule of not starting a piece in the same way would not allow her to begin this piece with her tubes of paint. Her desire to start the painting with “ropes of paint” inspired her to, in fact, use a piece of rope as her first material to the sheet of wood. She glued the rope to the wood and continued her use of unconventional materials in the way of creating each texture to the painting. She used a textured rag to stomp the dotted design onto the wood and scratched the paint for added texture; she even pressed painted rope to the painting, imprinting the threaded texture of the rope.
The organic development of “Splash, Scratch, Stomp” stands out from the other paintings in the series. It draws attention to this small piece and invites you to look closely. Come take a look for yourself and talk to the artist that created it this FirstFriday! Jennifer Christy will be in the SEAD Gallery from 6-8 pm.