Allegories Of Strife: The Diptychs Of Alison Weld, 1990-2005Mar 4-Apr 29, 2006
My subject, aside from the visual artwork itself, is the life force; the life force of the natural and organic world as well as the collective life energies of the commercial society that surrounds us. I believe that the arts embrace large philosophical issues and that painting is visual philosophy. Indeed, I believe that a painting's surface can be seen as consciousness itself.
I love color and believe that it is profound. I believe in the physicality of the various elements that comprise a painting. I find meaning in the objecthood of a painting and revel in the fake fur, upholstery, and fake flowers as much as the paint itself. The process of painting is a search for a significant image, one that is not easy to resolve but that is right when it just is.
I consider myself a postmodernist who looks back to move forward. I reflect on the proportions of Minimalist artworks when deciding on the structure of each work, but strongly believe in the power of emotion and gesture found in Abstract Expressionism. Although my love of popular culture in my juxtapositions recalls much of the spirit of Pop Art and recent appropriation art, I strongly believe that soul, psychology and emotion are still vital forces to be transmitted through the creative process and in the visceral act of painting.
– Alison Weld