Elizabeth Gourlay

Chester, Connecticut, USA

I think of the work as a meditation on color and form. The drawings and paintings emerge from a gradual, yet progressive meditation that leads to a complex network of shifting shapes and colors. The shapes and lines create my own vocabulary of abstract forms. They are resonances with inner emotional states, elements of feelings or subconscious thoughts combined with conscious thought about architecture and geometric structure.

I often begin with a background layer of washes and then work with elements of line and shape in the foreground. The color may become muted and minimal, admixing into greys and earth tones, or it may be vibrant and intense. There are parallels in musical composition, as looking at the work is an interaction, and the eye moves around the piece element to element, as musical note to musical note, chord, discord, harmony and tone.

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