I could fall into one of Jackie Tileson’s paintings and wander around for hours or days. She creates a deep ethereal space filled with wonderful surprises of different types of imagery: explosions of paint, drips, amorphous shapes, graffiti, circles, loops, and fractal imagery — different vocabularies of expression skillfully combined in one large space.
I just discovered she’d had a show in Dallas this past summer. An 8-hour round-trip and I could have seen her work in person!
Artist Statement (excerpt)
“I am interested in creating paintings that bring together a wide multiplicity of sources into a coherent – and sometimes discordant – whole, an attempt at a “unified field theory” of painting. My paintings feed off of the history of abstraction, physics, traditional eastern imagery, Chinese landscape motifs, digital imaging, and other sources. There is a constant flux between atmospheric and graphic, abstract, and figurative, quiet and chaotic forces. A medley of sources is orchestrated to create or reconstruct a world within the painting in which a new kind of sense is made – one in which the beautiful, absurd, sacred, and mundane can coexist.”
See more of Jackie Tileson’s amazing paintings, and read her full statement and reviews on her website.
I love the richness of Heather’s mixed media paintings, her use of color, and her imagery from life and science. Looking at any of her paintings, I feel as if I could walk into her oddly populated world. She creates a sense of space and a sense of place that stands in contrast to her use of ornamentation, drips, and flat shapes that reference the language of painting. It’s both an illusionistic space and the flat space of the surface of the canvas.
“My work is an intuitive gathering of imagery stemming from the natural world. I recreate geographic patterns and forms and then layer them to make up new systems in the environment. By analyzing the biological and structural phenomena, I find similarities between their elements…I am interested in the imperfections in nature, the complete randomness yet undisturbed instances of subtle perfection.
By layering varied imagery through drawing and painting, a sense of fragmented time emerges, a documentation of events.”
Read Heather’s full statement and see much more of her gorgeous paintings on her website.