DEEP PAINT | AMBIGUITY AND PERCEPTION
Rea Baldridge has worked for years making art in multiple disciplines and media. Her unconventional views on the intersection of art and culture have been realized in many iconic conceptual works. But, in recent years, Rea has returned to a childhood passion, painting, and that’s another thing altogether.
This work teeters on the edge between representation and abstraction, intent and accident. The focus is on that space between canvas brain, where art plays.
“I enjoy looking at a painting as much as making it. I love watching secondary imagery arise from quirky, disparate paint shapes. Humans read and construct meaning from the chaos of line and color so effortlessly. I like being a conduit for that process, letting ”ghost” images tickle the brain and then slide into something else, like a shifting bank of clouds.
I’ll take an iconic painting, snapshot, or movie as a starting point. But not to dominate and hamper the flow of the paint or the secondary images that ooze out of it. If the painting gets too tight or precious, I stop, scrape it down and restart. When the process is working, it's akin to automatic writing or shape-shifting. That's why I work in oil paint, and on several canvases at a time, and never really finish. These paintings are intended to be for you what they are for me, slow entertainment.”