The dense, luminous atmosphere of my paintings is inspired by observed natural phenomena — fog playing between tree branches, light peeking through clouds, the darkening sky before a thunderstorm. I am drawn to moments when air feels thick, when space has a presence as real as that of solid objects. Through an accumulation of small, repeated brush marks, my work explores the tension between structure and space, geometry and randomness, to create a sense of place where form and air mingle with each other.
I aim to create quiet, meditative spaces which invite viewers to slow down in front of them. The paintings ask for careful consideration, revealing the layers of their making and meaning over time. In a fast-paced world where bombardment by empty noise and images is the norm, these works offer viewers an alternative, peaceful environment and a tranquil space for contemplation.
Thought Patterns: Julie Shapiro & Rachael Wren at The Painting Center runs until January 29 at 547 W. 27th Street, 5th floor, New York, NY.