Allison Overpeck, Painting

Martin Museum of Art













Artist Statement

My body of work focuses on an intuitive and diaristic approach using simplified compositions. Taking cues from the likes of Cy Twombly, Alberto Burri, and Helen Frankenthaler, I began experimenting with areas of pure color, automatic drawing, and expressive marks. I was particularly drawn to the swirling forms that began to appear in my previous paintings and noticed that I was subconsciously inserting circular gestures into my work across other traditional disciplines as well.

Historically, the circle holds extreme significance across multiple cultures as a symbol of protection, infinity, life, and time, as well as religious connotations. Taking the simplest form, the circle, and abstracting it allowed me to develop a meditative process that focuses on my ancestral and current sense of self as well as my artistic identity. I use earthy tones for my base color palette to symbolize the passage of time and history found in the earth that connects all generations, past and future. How much of the past, if any, should define me? I have discovered that simplification of form begets simplification of self.

Sadness for Sale, Allison Overpeck, Oil and graphite on canvas, 36 x 48
Sadness for Sale, Allison Overpeck, Oil and graphite on canvas, 36 x 48
Souls Lost at Sea, Allison Overpeck, Oil on canvas, 36 x 48
Souls Lost at Sea, Allison Overpeck, Oil on canvas, 36 x 48
Out of the Fog, Allison Overpeck, Oil and graphite on canvas, 48 x 60
Out of the Fog, Allison Overpeck, Oil and graphite on canvas, 48 x 60
The Siren's Song Carries On, Allison Overpeck, Oil and graphite on canvas, 40 x 30
The Siren's Song Carries On, Allison Overpeck, Oil and graphite on canvas, 40 x 30
Did Margaret Love Amethyst?, Allison Overpeck, Oil and graphite on canvas, 36 x 48
Did Margaret Love Amethyst?, Allison Overpeck, Oil and graphite on canvas, 36 x 48
Did Margaret Love Amethyst? (Detail 1), Allison Overpeck, Oil and graphite on canvas
Did Margaret Love Amethyst? (Detail 1), Allison Overpeck, Oil and graphite on canvas
Did Margaret Love Amethyst? (Detail 2), Allison Overpeck, Oil and graphite on canvas
Did Margaret Love Amethyst? (Detail 2), Allison Overpeck, Oil and graphite on canvas
Prayers and Promises, Allison Overpeck, Oil and graphite on canvas, 12 x 9
Prayers and Promises, Allison Overpeck, Oil and graphite on canvas, 12 x 9
Prayers and Promises (Detail 1), Allison Overpeck, Oil and graphite on canvas
Prayers and Promises (Detail 1), Allison Overpeck, Oil and graphite on canvas
Prayers and Promises (Detail 2), Allison Overpeck, Oil and graphite on canvas
Prayers and Promises (Detail 2), Allison Overpeck, Oil and graphite on canvas
Many are my Wandering Worries, Allison Overpeck, Oil and graphite on canvas, 24 x 20
Many are my Wandering Worries, Allison Overpeck, Oil and graphite on canvas, 24 x 20
Many are my Wandering Worries (Detail 1), Allison Overpeck, Oil and graphite on canvas
Many are my Wandering Worries (Detail 1), Allison Overpeck, Oil and graphite on canvas
Many are my Wandering Worries (Detail 2), Allison Overpeck, Oil and graphite on canvas
Many are my Wandering Worries (Detail 2), Allison Overpeck, Oil and graphite on canvas
Lo! Love to Those Who Love, Allison Overpeck, Oil and graphite on canvas, 24 x 20
Lo! Love to Those Who Love, Allison Overpeck, Oil and graphite on canvas, 24 x 20
Lo! Love to Those Who Love (Detail 1), Allison Overpeck, Oil and graphite on canvas
Lo! Love to Those Who Love (Detail 1), Allison Overpeck, Oil and graphite on canvas
Lo! Love to Those Who Love (Detail 2), Allison Overpeck, Oil and graphite on canvas
Lo! Love to Those Who Love (Detail 2), Allison Overpeck, Oil and graphite on canvas