This large acrylic painting is a study of space, movement and geometry. With the piece I hoped to achieve the feeling that the space within the painting is collapsing within itself. I have always been a fan of the Russian Constructivist painter Liubov (Lyubov) Popova and the obvious motion that she shows within her paintings. While in architecture school I studied her work and painted this piece not long after. While many who have seen this piece have questioned whether or not I consider it to be “cubist,” I believe the similarities lean towards the ideas of Analytical Cubism. However, the painting is more closely associated with the Deconstructivist Movement in architecture. The painting is an abstract assemblage of geometric forms positioned and colored in such a way as to suggest kinetic energy. The painting itself is large and is supposed to make you feel within yourself a little of the energy and that exists in the tension of the fragments.
As with most of my painting, I start out with a rough sketch on the canvas. From there I let the painting and my hands - or in other words, the organic and living ACT of painting – dictate the final outcome. In an age where so much can be generated on the computer and so much of what it generated is sterile or trite, I believe that the actual act of using your hands to create is very important. There is a quality and energy that can only be delivered by objects created by hand and by inspiration, which is why the sketch is only a method to map out the canvas than the dictator of the final product.
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Lisa Thornton Whittaker, USA Member Since November 2006 Artist Statement I am a self-trained artist born and raised in Kentucky. Although professionally I am an architect, my first love has always been painting. I received my Bachelors of Architecture from the University of Kentucky in 1999, and then worked for five years in the architectural field. During this time my paintings were very architectural in composition and arrangement. However, since my decision two years ago to leave the professional world to stay at home with my children, my work has undergone an organic transformation. Motherhood has made me more sensitive to the forms found in nature and this in turn has influenced my paintings.
Although my work is often inspired by objects or emotions, my paintings are largely abstract. They are the result of a process rather than representation of the tangible.