Sarah Willis, Painting
This series of work explores control and transformation. My creative process responds to a need for control in everyday life; painting is an escape from these behaviors by a way of embracing the uncontrolled nature and fluidity of material. The process or journey of creating the artwork is more important than the result. Abstract Expressionism and Surrealist Automatism heavily influence my work. Although I have an idea of the color scheme and structure I want, I allow the process to change and adapt as I paint. My environment and emotional state drive my subconscious mind through the paint to create these organic gestures and marks.
Acrylic paint’s quick dry time and the ability to dilute it with water are ideal. They allow me to establish the base of the painting and ensure I paint instinctually and do not have time to overthink my decisions. This process embraces paint as material. The juxtaposition of impasto and fluidity of water leaves a unique blending of colors and variety within the surface of the canvas. I selectively paint over areas to emphasize the underlying movement and texture. Through this process, I regain a small amount of control while embracing the history of the paint accentuating its movement and energy.