2018 MFA Thesis Exhibition Weatherspoon Art Museum
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Sunrise to Sunset
A significant project during my time in graduate school has been constructing a scenario with as many limited variables as possible in order to just paint observed changes in the landscape around me: How can durations of time be represented in painting? By traveling to the same site and painting the same field day after day, my familiarity with the subject changes as I experience how light, season and weather affect its appearance: working from sunrise to sunset painting in oil on 11” x 14” birch board panels to maintain consistency. Each time there is a noticeable change in its appearance, I record the time on the back, put the painting aside and begin a new panel. The earliest paintings are often only five – ten minutes, while the paintings in the middle of the day can take up to two hours before gradually returning to ten minutes again as the light disappears. Different variables such as length of day, rainstorms, snow or clouds moving in and out during the day can also affect the quantity and timing of the paintings. I have done as few as six and as many as nineteen paintings in a day. I paint year-round in all temperatures and weather conditions. Having begun this project in January of 2017, I narrowed in on one particular scene in March of 2017 after exploring a number of options. While still ongoing, there are over 400 paintings in the series.
This installation included 11 days of the project. Each row represents a day and the paintings are spaced out so that the time between the days relates vertically.