ARTIST STATEMENT: â€œAlong with painting on stretched canvas, I have always enjoyed working on paperâ€”with pastel, charcoal, graphite, oil paint and occasionally acrylics. In 2009, while thinking about different ways lines could be made, I found myself not only examining the kinds of papers on which to make lines, but exploring ways in which paper itself could be used to create the kinds of lines I wanted to make. This investigation included a series of works on Kitakata rice paper sized with Poly Vinyl Acetateâ€”a series that continues.
Whether working on stretched canvas or paper, my work focuses on color within a minimalist aesthetic. A question constant for me is, â€˜How does any colorâ€”whether it has the intensity of cadmium red, the subtlety of nickel titanium yellow, the variability of graphite, or the â€˜non-colorâ€™ translucence of rice paperâ€”contain depth?â€™
It has always been my hope that the work I make provides a place of calm in our increasingly frenetic world. And if, in the process of looking at my work, the viewer also finds humor, that is because it was intended.â€
Joan Mellon, July 2010