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Inflected by my recent trip to India and the vibrancy I experienced there, my project embraced both text and pattern. I wanted to respond intuitively to the idiosyncratic qualities of the paper fabricated for me by Hannah King. The cotton and abaca fibers hold gouache paint very differently, and I was challenged to remain nimble in my encounter with each sheet. I was especially fascinated by the transparency of the abaca, and the possibility of painting on each side of the sheet. I love its warm color and how the paint stays on its surface, unlike the more absorbent cotton sheets. The text paintings present a new direction, as earlier text works were contained inside larger projects like painted books. Here the text extends my practice of contemplative, fluid engagement with painting.

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