Upside Downturn

Maria Walker

My work is rooted in the materials of painting (canvas, wood, paint). First I build the wooden stretcher, which is a three-dimensional object/drawing. Next I stretch the canvas in response to the stretcher, and then add paint in response to the stretched form. What keeps the studio practice alive is the openness and energy that comes from this material grounding, which in turn allows me to think about form, space, and color with flexibility. There is a range of kinds of work. Some stand freely on their own. Others function like calendars or clocks, documenting time in the studio. Other paintings follow questions of light, gravity, or scale. It is my work to bring each painting forward as its own, specific being. By rooting in the materials, the work branches out, reaching towards life and a better understanding of painting.

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