I create textured paintings intended for touch. My paintings begin with a clay foundation, forming channels that allow liquid prismatic oil to flow and marble as it cures, resulting in creations that have the appearance of stone and metal. I call this technique ‘channeling’. I am interested in pathways, found both in the mind and in nature. A pathway is formed by repetition over time, and eventually confines activity the more entrenched the pathway becomes. In this way, pathways form boundaries based on the past, that can determine behavior of the future. Many of my paintings are solvable mazes, at the foundational layer, built from clay. The act of creating mazes, solving mazes, even just getting lost in mazes, is where I contemplate the internal landscape of my own mind.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Constance Volk is a musician, a painter, and an illustrator. She is a member of Ensemble Dal Niente, the Grossman Ensemble, the Chicago Wind project, and Fulcrum Point New Music Project. She has collaborated with Alarm Will Sound, Eighth Blackbird, and Lookingglass Theatre. She has exhibited paintings at Zhou B Art Center, Miller Beach Arts and Creative District, ArtPrize Grand Rapids, the Oak Park Art League, the Art Barn School, Arc Gallery, the Bridgeport Art Center, the Highland Park Art Center and Rendezvous Arts. Her illustrations are featured with ‘Density Seeds’, an offshoot of the ‘Density 2036’ solo flute repertoire project. Constance is the creator of ‘Connie’s Characters’, a series of mix and match coloring books full of wacky weirdos. Her paintings, poster art, coloring books and music can be found at constancevolk.com
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