Leaf Cut 2016
Ink and acrylic on paper
40 x 40"
Leaf Cuts explores painting as the subject itself and the transitional space it occupies when the surface of the painting is altered.
A painting with an altered surface is a site of transition from non-physical to physical since painting is traditionally two dimensional, and therefore an illusion on the wall. Bringing the painting into a three dimensional space, it becomes an object one would need to view in comparison to one’s body, it becomes “real” - no longer an illusion on the wall. The painting then occupies the space between fiction and non-fiction, the unreal and real. The attributes of the painting shape the figure’s subjectivity, highlighting its transitional state of self and non-self. Therefore, the development of the self in this image is continuous and un-ending. The image suggests the enduring progress of defining the female Subject.