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WORKING WITH WAX: Contemporary Encaustic Painting in Northern California
Curated by Thomas Morphis

January 21 - March 6, 2010


Carrie Ann Plank — Clinical

Artist Statement

This body of work is from a continuing series based on recontextualizing information. In our current web-inflamed age there is a level of over saturation with the availability of information and images. I’ve been experimenting with ways to reorganize and reinterpret found imagery. My agenda is purely aesthetic. There is an amazing beauty to the charts, graphs, and other visual detritus that accumulates if one will stop and take the time to examine it. My goal is for this informational detritus to take on a new role based on these new contexts and juxtapositions.

I spend much time researching web based information systems and pulling from these sources to find images I can divorce from the original context and reassemble based on my own criteria- possibly based on shape, form, complexity or other criteria. These sources are widely varied ranging from manuals, treatises, medical texts, records, and charts and diagrams of all descriptions. The compositional elements are selected based not on the intended usage but purely on shape and design. This is then further removed from the original by utilizing simplification, redrawing, cropping, and scale change. The prints usually began with an organic shape derived from my own sketches or photography. This key image is both the conceptual and aesthetic starting point.  I typically utilize a black and white process as my start point: lithography, etching, or wood or linocut. This composition becomes the jumping off point for multiple interacting translucent layers. Layers are usually created by monotype or silkscreen. Layers are all about subtle interactions and new juxtapositions.

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