My paintings are spaces where energy moves matter. Events double back to devour themselves, momentum overtakes strategy, tectonic plates meet and collide. The paintings reflect my experiences of great western landscapes, interior and exterior terrains, the shock of unabsorbed events. California is a place where we are caught off guard, a place of gambling, chance, and change. Land marred and poisoned is disarmingly beautiful and dramatic in its tragedy. I paint it.
The titles of my paintings are from matchbook covers, billboards, TV, traffic, volatile economies, ecological disasters and seductive beauty. Treasure Island West Bound, Trip ‘n fall again, Monster, Shafted, Oxy 10, Smokey, Bandit, Blindsided, As Is, Problem Child, Monarch, Over Kill, Loose Canon, Siren, Sway, Bad Behavior, Cold Snap, Sight Unseen, Dessert First, Empty Up, Unbecoming, Soon, Lie to me Please, Ali.
I make the space in between things visible. I paint what I know is there but cannot see. Custom made tools and heavy mill Mylar allow color to flow or pool without the scaled imprint of hand or brush. I paint flat on a table; the topography of the uneven surface generates the composition. Liquid marks leave evidence of something having happened, empty space allows motion. The slick paint resembles oil spills and hot toxic color fields: beautiful pictures of terrible things. The translucent surface of the Mylar allows the edges to disappear into the wall and light to penetrate through clear pools of medium. The paintings subvert architecture, each pour and oval tears a hole through the wall.
Nellie King Solomon