Kandy Lozano - Artist Statement
An Architecture of Geometry and Surface
The forthright geometry of architecture and the slow force of nature are the twin elements that inspire my work. Lines and shapes are the compositional building blocks that provide the plan for each painting and the vocabulary I use to affect it. I think of my work as a distillation of geometry and surface.
Complementary to this rational structure is the surface, which develops organically. The paint I use provides a distinct kind of structure allowing me to build up the surface layer by tangible layer. Of course, image and surface are inextricably linked, and as I work the surface, I am also developing the image. Because wax is so yielding, my process is to scrape back some of what I have just put down. In one sense I am speeding up the effects of time—the kind of flaking, oxidizing, melting, scratching and eroding that slowly takes place in response to atmospheric and geologic conditions resulting in weathered complexity. Wax has surprising optical depth, so the history of the work is particularly visible. There is a delicacy and mystery to this surface, and yet it’s a material that stands up to scraping and to heat while providing the inspiration. There is an underlying sense of structure that I maneuver and manipulate throughout my work. These conditions encourage me to take chances, to push the work. My passion and vision is expressed when acquired techniques and knowledge of the medium allow me to embrace the accident.
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