Most of my current work focuses on making paintings that present as flat objects but suggest the interaction of dimensional forms.  To accomplish this, I rely only on the simplicity of line, and the complexity of color usage.

In my drawing process, observations from both the natural and manmade worlds combine to make abstractions that exist somewhere in the metaphysical realm.  Ideas from other sources, such as literature or scientific discovery sometimes enter in, adding an undercurrent of meaning to the visual.  Eventually, I arrive at a geometric abstract drawing of intersecting lines, the reading of which is totally ambiguous at this point.

It is my fascination with color that sustains my approach to painting.  I delight in the surprise that comes with each painting’s progress, as I do not predetermine anything beyond mixing a few start-up colors.  Characteristic of my paintings, and key to my vision, is the way color juxtapositions can provide the illusion that shapes and forms appear transparent or translucent, creating a sense of structure, depth, space and light.  In 2018, I began making shaped paintings, (laser cut from Aluminum Composite Material) altering the compositional field, emphasizing form within form, and painting as object.

I hope to challenge the viewer to think about how my paintings are made, without clues such as obvious brush work, and how work like mine connects art to life, in which labor of mind and body are not necessarily seen in a finished product.

Marjorie Hellman

2022