LAUREN BALL

Artist Statement

Mystery parallels pictorial tensions that are methodically teased and tamed through the wielding of paint on linen and wooden substrates. As monuments of a collective domestic memory, props in the interior landscape embody presentiment. Rooted in the history of still life painting, my process begins with creating a still life prop, in itself a sculptural artifact with objects ranging from the domestic to scavenged materials. These objects form a still life that is almost a three-dimensional collage. Colors are then found, isolated and sampled through a painstaking process of mixing paint through observation and color matching. The paintings range from literal translations of the still lifes in carefully crafted paintings, to abstract and semi abstract paintings that reference the color, shape and patterning of the still life props. In recent paintings moving the furthest from their still life origins, these colors then re-emerge as abstract pour paintings. There is a tension between the choreographic color matching and paint mixing process derived from years spent painting still lifes from observation and the intuitive pouring process. Some of the pour paintings become the surface for superimposed images of furniture that include a glass coffee table, card table, and a vintage bakers rack. The images are filtered and altered in Photoshop to reflect my memory of the objects and furniture that I have lived around throughout my life. The furniture becomes a color silhouette, underscoring its monumentality and mystery as a domestic legacy.