Shanna Bruschi and Kitty Gordon
My work is a continual exploration of the human form and its relationship to the temporal space it inhabits. Recently, the space itself has become more of an abstract narrative, irrespective and often without the figure. My process is very physical, in which I energetically cover the canvas with thick layers of paint that are worked and reworked. The texture becomes an object as well as a space; it is empty yet has a restless energy. The figures and forms reveal themselves to me as I am painting, often emerging as an image that morphs into something totally different by the time it is complete. This method allows me little control, suggesting emotions and states of being rather than detailing. I love the challenge of rebelling against the rules of order and finding passages of harmony in the discord.
Music is an integral part of my process. Loud, rhythmic music pulsating in my studio helps take me to an altered state of mind where brushstrokes often follow the beat and forms materialize, simultaneously revealing and disappearing as the music moves me. I do not look at any images as references, but search my own catalogue of images…thoughts…experience that have moved me silently from within.
I am inspired by so many great artists, including the Bay Area Figurative painters; Hans Hoffman, Joan Mitchell, Cy Twombly, Giacometti, Caravaggio & Turner.