Wendy Skog says her paintings are about coloured lights, the afterlife and the underworld, sex, violence, and flying objects.
In her new show Parade, Energy moving in Space, Scog explores the relationship among a full spectrum of colours and shades in an abstract journey that for each canvas begins with no pre-conceived destination and evolves toward a point of harmony.
“My work is a kind of wordless meditation, transforming mind into matter and expressed as energy moving in space,” she says. “The paintings are an expression of the spirit, energy, confusion, surprise, excitement, tragedy, unpredictability, drama and innocence we have collectively experienced through lifetimes.”
The work draws from the vulnerability and consciousness gained through these experiences, she says.
“As an abstract painter I am attracted to the dark, deep, rich colours of wine, purple night-skies, the dull opaques of asphalt under streetlamps or west coast skies, the blacks of stovepipes and telephones, the warm orange-reds of a wood-fire. … I enjoy round, oval elliptical, soft female shapes and linear, structural, geometric, architectural hard shapes.”
Influenced by the New York school of painters, her organic abstract forms are rendered in a painter’s minimalists approach.
Parade opened on April 28 and runs to May 24 at the Martin Bachelor Gallery, 712 Cormorant St. For details go to www.wendyskog.com.