gail wagner


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Artist Statement


In these paintings, I combine seemingly disparate elements and transform them into a cohesive whole. Painterly celebrations of the flat surface contrast with illusions of depth; whimsical forms and colors contrast with dark or somber space; subtlety contrasts with boldness; overarching design contrasts with spontaneity and chance.

Influences from the natural world work within this theme. Celestial bodies exist in a microscopic world, amid ambiguous plant/animal forms. Oceanic and geological references overlap and coincide.

Allusions to fiber art operate metaphorically toward the same end. Thread, yarn, and string connect different objects or areas of the painting, while loops and chains symbolize the creation of links between worlds.