Artist Statement

Statement: Working in painting or digital media, depending on the project, I work non-representationally through abstraction. At the intersection of intimate and shared experiences, the artistic process involves research, such as historically, then responding materially—a practice that frees me to clarify information subjectively. I am tied to the subject even when linked to a broader context. Sometimes I even recycle items like my grandmother’s wallpaper into the art. Imitating life, I make intentional and unplanned marks, such as pouring, brushing, removing, or blowing, manifesting what we do or do not control. Light, framing, or gesture recur throughout my work. Building on the lineage of post-world war two female abstract expressionist artists, I am intentionally anachronistic by subsuming their style or technique. I differentiate myself by illuminating my personal-social-cultural experiences. My body of work, subject, process, gesture, historical ruminations, and storytelling through abstraction drives at narrative through metaphor. Paint and mark demonstrate the physicality of interpretation. The point of the abstraction is to avoid the didactic nature of narration through a re-imagination of experience.

Wren, updated 2021