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Lily Kuonen

I work without knowing what the resolution will be. My process begins with the introduction of materials. I observe them mingling and reacting to each other. Next, building and shaping them leads me to discover just what these materials are capable of as combined structures.

In painting, all materials may have a purpose or a process, but, interacting as raw elements, new cycles are activated. I play within this intermediary level, where wood, canvas, paint, and all the scraps and tools of the studio combine to explore beyond prescribed notions and categorical structures. Familiarity is established when working within a standard language of form and material. I use this sense of familiarity to instill new relationships that can begin to cross categories. A chance for hybridization occurs, and the purposes of materials are equalized. It is no longer how one material is on top of the other, but rather how each is related to the other. This playful integration of materials enables interpretation, promotes interaction, and ascribes new meanings to structures and forms.

The traces of the physical processes reveal other connections as well. My practice is not a closed loop. It is a chain, linking materials from process to process. In this chain, I re-purpose works back into raw materials, re-using the waste and by-products. My work can only be completed through renewal. As materials reveal their limits they also create possibilities.

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18 March 2011
Home is where the art is I
Charleston SC