I enjoy the shaped paintings a lot. Their construction involves using 3/4" thick medium-density fiberboard, or MDF. The shape is cut, then I use a router to round the edges. The figure is usually more integrated into the work - made of the same stuff as it's background. Here I can employ just the silhouette and paint within it. As usual, the figure offers solid grounding for the expressive mark. What's new for me with shaped paintings is having the figure become the vessel, the holder of ideas and possibilities. There is a dynamic storm of elements within each of us. Falling back on the relationship between the expressive and the interpretive.
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