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Alice Cook

Artist Statement

In my practice, abstraction is a vehicle for thoughts and emotions that, hopefully, interact with the viewer where they are in the present moment.  I bring to the conversation color, line, form, shapes, texture, and composition.  The viewer brings the other part of the conversation, depending on how they engage or not engage with the work.  I choose to use abstract elements to foster my own awareness of what cannot be seen.

The process I use begins with lines, then lines turning into shapes, and shapes into forms.  Color, texture, and composition develops along the way with trial-and-error mark making.  I use an additive process, rarely removing the unwanted but incorporating it into the whole work.  The need of the work determines the materials used, and I often find inspiration in the artists' tools lying about my studio.  Also, artistic judgement in line with personal expression help guide the work until both are satisfied.

As the various elements within the artwork interact, I relate to the work by allowing freedom and imagination to lead to an integration of thoughts and emotions.  Sometimes I immediately have awareness of the invisible in the work and at other times I need to reflect on what the work is producing in me.  Communication is central to my practice, and with communication understanding can follow.

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