Karena J. Ness
The creation of ‘environment’ in regards to my artistic practice has always relied upon an imaginary realm of exploration. I explore the reactive qualities of paint as layers are spilled, stamped, troweled, and hand-painted. The subtle effects created by ‘paint being paint’ spark and fascinate, leading my imagination down its own path, composing and directing the final character or identity of the painting. I articulate suggestions of the natural world, ambiguous silhouettes and most recently, bird imagery. These birds are not predetermined, rather they appear to land unintentionally. They entail no formal classification yet offer an identity within the spaces they inhabit. My paintings are not specific to or representative of any one of these ideas, instead they become a compilation, defined within ones own imagination.