I find that I am revisiting art history and especially abstract art fundamentals of the twentieth century.
I work on a series of pieces technically based on the Murrini process, which involves creating mosaic elements used in a grid pattern in blown vessels. I was originally taken by the idea of a clear pattern embellishing an elegant form. After some trial and error, I began to see certain color choices and patterning working better than others do. It also became clear that I could get information and inspiration from classic paintings that in some way convey a strong pattern and/or a color statement. Some of the artists I have been revisiting have included Gustav Klimpt, Piet Mondrian, Mark Rothko, and Vasilly Kandinsky. A woman at the New Orleans Jazz Festival recently commented “Klimpt” when looking at one of my pieces, which surprised me as if she read my mind somehow. I am certainly not trying to impersonate other artist’s works but I think you are swimming upstream if you don’t recognize where the current is coming from.