I have many subjects, but what I paint is always about revealing the landscape of the mind. It’s about unknown possibilities, and the motion that leads everything to perpetually move towards becoming something new.
Although I have a vision of each image I will create before I start, even after all these years I never have an understanding of what it is, or how I will get it onto the canvas. I stay constant and present, work faithfully, and I watch it appear. I make a field of color, often relying on fate. On top of that field I deliberately apply dots of color, drop by drop. I rarely use tools of any sort because it takes away from the organic process.
I create each piece in the way I experience being alive. I choose each dot of color with care, and as the painting takes shape, many images are covered over, and covered over again. The images are layered atop each other, the way a story takes place over time. There’s the chance meeting, the kiss, the lie - all the events that form the foundation for the moment of truth.
When a piece is done it makes a clear sound, the sound of a life complete. Each section of the painting has been built on the same history, and, like a holograph, contains the whole.
View Idakatherine's latest project, titled Human Cartography, at www.onelivedlife.com