Fascinated by the environmental factors that shape the natural world, I seek to imitate their destructive and constructive qualities in an artistic technique. The materials I use are themselves mixed with natural minerals such as marble, mica and iron oxide, cementing the narrative connection of the works to their subject.

Each painting is the final product of an extensive method that begins with sketches and photographs of landscapes I have walked around. These visuals are translated into collages using paper I designed. The collages are developed into large scale paintings using matte acrylic, ink and crushed minerals on wood panels. I mask off each painting into sections and treat each area to layers of paint which are then partially removed with a resist to build texture. I experiment with ground water, solvents, salt, minerals, paints, carving implements, heat and sanding tools to erode the paint. By working this way, I am creating a history of gestures and actions that form into naturalistic abstracted landscapes with painted geological textures. Each step, building upon the last. A cold wax protective finish provides a satin sheen which highlights the multiplicity of textures, layers and spatial depths.

The paintings have been described as "dreamy" by Fubiz and Trendland magazine, as they evoke sensations of fantasy or partial reality.  It is true there is a surreal quality to the imagery which comes from my memory of places, the geological narrative and a visual filtration system that can include polarized lenses and Instagram filters. The fact that perception is now a blend of reality and digital reality is an interesting feature to dabble with as a painter.



Abstract Geological Landscape + Contemporary Nature Painting



©2016 Sarah Winkler