Elizabeth Barnes, A Walk in the Woods, 2019, acrylic/canvas, 50x50"
Looking back 30,000 years to abstract marks found on cave walls and forward to the present, the persistence of painting reveals a long visual history rich with paradox and wisdom. In the painted world, space, time, form, and energy give way to networks of human interaction.
With each painting, I create a set of rules to guide me through the process. Paint is matter and colour is energy. By inflicting my human desire for control, I work in tangent with the material properties of the paint. As the material asserts its voice, I attempt to quiet my own.