Night Still III
acrylic on canvas
40 x 30 in.
I am intrigued with the way an object left by the sea, exposed to the elements, wears down as a result of time and environment. For me, it is the perfect metaphor for the fragility of the physical world.
Years of painting fragments of marine debris has led me to develop a painting technique to emulate this process of breakdown and weathering, which I refer to as diminution. By painting around and into shapes, I am able to create fragments that appear carved, softened and shaped from the outside, to characterize the concept that time and environment alter the size and quality of everything.
© Kit Porter