Pictured: Transitory Fruition, 2013. Distemper and oil on panel, 36" x 22".
"While I recognize the necessity for a basis of observed reality...true art lies in a reality that is felt."
Odilon Redon (1840-1916)
As my interest with the nature of man's origin has evolved, so too has my allure for the sea and its ethereal creatures. Our oceans are largely unexplored, mysterious, terrifying and yet simultaneously comforting. This attraction prompted research that incorporated travel to Hobcaw Barony in South Carolina for investigation of inlet marsh and uninhabited island environments. Furthermore, I was inspired to observe the Atlantic Ocean from a snorkeler's perspective. This took me to Pompano Beach, FL.
Ambiguity of color and light are embraced in these compositions. This inspired the adaptation of a sensitive, neutral palette. Subtle variation of tonal transition unite and question figure-ground relationships. Forms are rendered to appear less recognizable and more evocative of oceanic amalgamations. This is an attempt to blur the lines of distinction between form and formlessness by allowing one to come out of the other. As result, distinction of figure and space gradually disintegrates, as they become one.
© 2018 Katie Boatman