Alyce Gottesman - Room 318
I grew up beside a lake in a rural part of New Jersey, spending my days outdoors as much as the weather would allow. My consciousness became attuned to the rhythms of the seasons and the energy of nature. This stream became the basis of my painting. Later on, when I lived in northern California as a young adult, it was my first time experiencing the special light that exists there. I now spend months each year there for the light, the beauty and the inspiration of the place. The other important influence on me has been my lifelong appreciation of music. Working in the abstract, when I am painting I feel like I am channeling the vigor and cadences from both nature and music. The natural environment where I live permeates my paintings and rhythms appear as drips and brushstrokes; colors and patterns are quiet, loud, energized and erratic.
My work process is both exploratory and considered, utilizing multiple materials on changeable surfaces, always venturing into unknown territory. I work through several paintings at once, improvising with drawing, dripping, brushing paint until I get to a place with each piece that reflects a moment in time, the unexpected, as if captured in action. My approach to painting is both experiential and experimental, my interest is expressing beauty and energy in the work.
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