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Artist Statement: Stephanie Visser  

My work has changed dramatically in the past couple of years becoming more about an idea, an issue, or a problem that I want to address artistically in abstract style.  The ideas, people, places and things that reveal themselves to the viewer, are specific, inspired by a physical experience or by my emotions, intuitions, goals for transformation or spiritual understanding.  Meaning is buried in the same way as that name or word you struggle for on the tip of the tongue or memories and impressions of people, places and events.  Images may be reminiscent of the shore, the city street, the wooded hillside, the neighborhood, the highway.  I explore those things through tone, pattern, light, space and color.  Deeply intimate and suggestive, the paintings create sensations that comfort, or pinch, stirring up emotion and memory.  Mind photographs that reflect and  evoke everyday life as sunlight and shades, stillness and movement as well as sound and quiet.  I am a perpetual voyeur.  Standing back, observing and imagining in some way what goes on behind the surface, the color of  life lived sometimes in quiet desperation, sometimes inexplicably ordinary but more often mysteriously beautiful no matter how humble.

Done most often in series, the pieces themselves are made up of acrylic, oil, and other media on a multitude of surfaces.  The process begins by laying down a gesture which leads to color, shape, and form.  Much like a Rorschach inkblot but infinitely more subtle. Images are built layer upon layer through translucent color washes, scumbled paint, markings and sometimes bits and pieces of cast off materials which are used to enrich the surface, revealing a lyrical, magical and often mysterious world lit from the inside-out.