obelisk, ziggurat, pyramid  2018 15 x 15 in., mirror, resin, acrylic gel, porcelain

Martha Sedgwick

Artist Statement

My paintings begin with a foundational structure of a loosely painted grid that functions as an armature on which to build the paintings. The color size and density of the marks are all subject to change as the paintings start to reveal themselves. As the tangle of gestures and marks accumulate through this process of layering, what is taken away or painted out is as important as what remains. The interplay between structure and randomness is derived from the information I take from the observed world. I see the paintings as distinct things unto themselves and the act of painting as an opportunity to create another possible world.