WHERE IS THE OUTRAGE?

$275.00

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WHERE IS THE OUTRAGE?
Medium: Monotype, Posca marker, and Acrylic on Bristol
Dimensions: H”xW” 15×11
Price: $275

 

 

 

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LAURIE SMITHWICK

According to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, I am a P and a J (most people are a P *or* a J), which amounts to a constant internal struggle between flexibility and structure. This can be difficult day to day, but turns out to be great for art. I spent a lifetime as a graphic designer, disciplined by rules: grids, letterforms, hierarchies, and construction. But after 20 years, I needed a shift, and that’s when I transitioned to abstract painting and printmaking. Abstract art has taught me to embrace unpredictability and abandon perfectionism. Now I explore the tension between order and disorder; rules and intuition. I am obsessed with the equilibrium created by opposing forces. I love creating structures and relationships that would never be able to balance in the real world, but in the context of a painting, are able to perform the impossible.
According to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, I am a P and a J (most people are a P *or* a J), which amounts to a constant internal struggle between flexibility and structure. This can be difficult day to day, but turns out to be great for art. I spent a lifetime as a graphic designer, disciplined by rules: grids, letterforms, hierarchies, and construction. But after 20 years, I needed a shift, and that’s when I transitioned to abstract painting and printmaking. Abstract art has taught me to embrace unpredictability and abandon perfectionism. Now I explore the tension between order and disorder; rules and intuition. I am obsessed with the equilibrium created by opposing forces. I love creating structures and relationships that would never be able to balance in the real world, but in the context of a painting, are able to perform the impossible.
According to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, I am a P and a J (most people are a P *or* a J), which amounts to a constant internal struggle between flexibility and structure. This can be difficult day to day, but turns out to be great for art. I spent a lifetime as a graphic designer, disciplined by rules: grids, letterforms, hierarchies, and construction. But after 20 years, I needed a shift, and that’s when I transitioned to abstract painting and printmaking. Abstract art has taught me to embrace unpredictability and abandon perfectionism. Now I explore the tension between order and disorder; rules and intuition. I am obsessed with the equilibrium created by opposing forces. I love creating structures and relationships that would never be able to balance in the real world, but in the context of a painting, are able to perform the impossible.
My current series, “Balance,” was born during the pandemic — a period of time that has so many of us feeling decidedly unbalanced. With so many different traumas occurring at the same time — constant COVID insanity, Black lives being taken by police (and the racist tone policing of the ensuing protests), mass shootings occurring almost daily, an election unprecedented in its stakes — the only way to persevere is to compartmentalize. I am not good at this. Compartmentalizing makes me feel like I’m betraying someone, that my priorities are skewed, that I don’t know what matters. I bring this conflict into my studio and use painting and printmaking to intuitively and non-objectively work through them. Real life feels out of balance; in my art, I can create order.

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