Ashlynn Browning: Walls and Windows
These new paintings feature chunky, squared off forms that play with weight and architecture. The views into the underlying layers are more closed off and opaque than in my earlier work. On a literal level, these new paintings bring to mind urban architecture, grids, windows, bricks and walls. Additionally, the many layers in each piece speak to the history of the painting’s creation, as well as to the hidden parts of ourselves that we conceal and reveal in time. These are the walls and windows that I reference.
Experimenting with the idea of opposing forces continues to be an important part of my work. Bold color is set against muted color, geometric forms mix with organic ones, and graphic pattern and texture play off smooth color fields. These are variables that I mix and layer in multiple stages until a resonant image appears.
I know a painting is complete when it has become its own separate entity, one with a sense of dignity and self. A sense of mystery remains. I look back and have no real grasp on how the finished painting came to be. It is distinct from me and has a life of its own now.