Studio Blog 09 / by Ilyssa Harrington

This week in the studio I worked on some new paintings! I was excited to start some new paintings. I started by putting the grounds on all of my paintings, and the beginning marks on them. As I was painting I was thinking about the ambiguity and the balance between being able to tell what something is and having to search for what the thing that is being painted represents.


An painting that has inspired me this week is Joan Snyder’s painting Summer

Snyder’s palette and mark making is simple and repetitive. The use of the paint and the mark making has a economy that I try to create with my mark making in my paintings.

Snyder’s palette and mark making is simple and repetitive. The use of the paint and the mark making has a economy that I try to create with my mark making in my paintings.

Another painting I was thinking about as I painted was Cecily Brown’s Gagosian. I her painting she uses figures yet they are deeply disguised. Each time I paint I am trying to work out the relationship between marks and figures. When I am looking at Brown’s painting I am looking at how abstracted they are.

At first glance this painting is just shapes and marks. The longer I stare at the painting the more I begin to realize the figures that are coming in and out of the painting.

At first glance this painting is just shapes and marks. The longer I stare at the painting the more I begin to realize the figures that are coming in and out of the painting.