This is a painting done in watercolor and acrylic on textured polypropylene (Yupo). I composed this painting during a two week artist residency at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA. I created it by first doing a watercolor underpainting in yellow, magenta, and teal. While the watercolor was still slightly wet I applied acrylic pouring medium mixed with high flow and fluid acrylic paints. I used a silicone painter's wedge to move the pouring medium around the painting, blocking out shapes and carving out spaces.
This painting marked an important breakthrough in my studio practice because it is one of the first examples of a painting in this style where I did not feel that the composition required that I add concentric dots of high contract acrylic color or black and white. I had been relying on these to add some punctuation to my compositions, but felt like they were becoming a crutch that I was relying on too heavily.
The painting feels a little raw, a little bit like it's about to burst apart, but it also feels complete. I appreciate the tension between the chaotic nature of the composition and the fact that it is (mostly) contained within the clean, almost antiseptic border of raw, white polypropylene.
polypropylene substrate, high flow acrylic, fluid acrylic, acrylic pouring medium, alcohol ink, watercolor
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