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Lori Hayes Kershner (and Soren)

Lori Hayes Kershner (and Soren)

I am concerned with the momentary, with the building up and breaking down of paint over time. Each layer reflects a duration of time, deposited on the canvas. Embedded bits and colors hold nuances of memory and emotion.  At once, they hold the history of their making and the unique experience of what an observer projects.  They are small longings, paint-pulses, liminal quests for meaning captured in physical substance.

By pouring into pools of paint, I enter a fluid space that cannot be quantified, named, explained or fully controlled. I stand over a painting. Brush. Mix. Tip. Wipe. Drip. Fuss. Leave. Return. Layer. Scrape. Pour. By playing with the fluid properties of paint, I discover its relationship to structure, boundary, gravity, and edge. As paint dries, it becomes fixed, caught in that moment between human gesture and natural force. What is left is a painting, an object that can have its own history in the world.

Dreaming 2003 (detail from a 14-hour drawing, based on a dream, seeing myself sleeping, and making a rubbing of the back of my head)

Dreaming 2003 (detail from a 14-hour drawing, based on a dream, seeing myself sleeping, and making a rubbing of the back of my head)