1. Fracture – mixed media; 30 x 40 in.
2. Cycles of Resilience – mixed media; 36 x 36 in.
I use color, brush strokes and texture to create an ambiguous spaclal field that moves across rather than into the canvas. I use torn word fragments, symbols and even product bar codes as “stand-ins” for humans.
In my most recent series the layers of paint serve to alternately hide and reveal symbolic shapes, reflecting the ongoing struggle women face in a patriarchal society, at times victorious and other times seemingly defeated.
Any break or fracture in the status quo can result in either greater opportunity or more oppression for those lower down the hierarchical ladder of power. Currently America seems ruptured, even broken. Yet through that fissure light is shed no only on America’s hatred and bigotry, but also on its love and resilience.
© Fran Sampson