Waves of Sleep

Waves of Sleep

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Dimensions:  16" x 20"

Medium:  acrylic on board

Edition Size:  Original

Availability:  Only available at Peabody Gallery

I developed a distinctive new technique and named it the intentional flow method. When using this technique I paint on panels laid flat on a large work table . I use multiple glazings to get the illusion of depth on a 2D surface. Each layer has a different translucency using a combination of thick and thin strands of paint.

When I first developed this style of work, it was almost an out-of-body experience and it lasted over a period of six months until the method was ingrained and reproducible. While my new technique was assembling into my consciousness, I didn't stop to analyze or question what was happening; I just gave myself over to my muse and followed my intuition. If a technical problem showed up, the answer always appeared by the next morning. It was serene time, even though it was exciting and I was working around the clock for months to create this new series. Using this style of work, a totally intuitive trance of creation, I just got into the river and let go of any preconceived ideas.

This series has a nice, smooth surface reflecting where I had gotten to in life and health, unlike my previous series, Ethereal that showed mars,  scapes, and cuts. You can lightly touch these painting and feel the smooth glass-like surface. I painted some pieces with a satin finish, or a super glossy reflective finish, or intermixed them. 

The first series, Break Through  is named because rather than a breakthrough, I broke through a layer of resistance, an invisible barrier. As it dissolved, I saw more and more. These moments began only after I healed from a When-it-rains-it-pours health problems. Problems that demanded strong pain meds to withstand normal activities of each day and night.  I embarked on seemingly endless search for an answer; was it something I could physically heal, or was it an emotional scar from something I could not gain access to. Maybe this pain and suffering was part of my spiritual path. These were the questions doctors and friends counseled me with. Now on the other side, much like the problems I amassed, I think it was a combination of all of those things.

The thing about being a painter is you are never quite sure why you are painting something until it is long finished and you can step away and look back at what you did and it may still not offer up answers until you write about it
. I've come to understand when you are an  artist, your story is best told in the studio, through your art, like you've always done.

     ---- Susan Kraft