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Artist’s Statement (2010)
    A Progression of Color through the Year
     
   

This year when I sat down to cut shapes from my late spring drawings at the beginning of summer, I realized that the forms had gotten more intricate and that the process would require all of summer holiday and leave me with sore hands. I decided to research using a laser cutter and got excited about the new materials that would be accessible to me, but as I began to prepare the files, I recognized that the change would begin a new season in my work. While I have continued that preparation, my focus shifted to completing the work’s present season.

     
   

Over the last six years, I accumulated drawers full of cut paper—the papers from which the plant-shaped silhouettes have been removed. I sorted them according to the times of year each plant had been drawn. Then, I printed hundreds of scrappy monotypes using one color at a time to form a progression of color through the year.

     
    The color progression is based on a year-long color study recorded in photographs and written observations. Each work in the final series of twelve is constructed out of layered monotypes. The color in each moves from left to right—left representing the colors at the beginning of the month and right the colors at the end of the month. So, the works link together to describe the movement of color through the year. The papers, which were cut over many years, layer over each other as time lays over time year after year.
     
    Instead of naming the twelve January through December, I chose to name the months by the Hebrew calendar. Before I made the naming decision, I had determined that it would be more dynamic to begin in the middle of August, for example, and go through the middle of September. The Hebrew calendar matched that structure, and it also gave me an opportunity to reference the layers of Biblical symbols that inform the work.
     
    In the next year, I plan to continue to explore movement in color. In addition to broad seasonal shifts, I have observed and recorded color shifts in early mornings and in changing weather conditions. I plan to take what I learned from making the work on paper into painted color.