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There is a lot in my work that is about tension, space, density and relation between objects and people. Recently I have been looking at past work and realizing that I really have been exploring these issues for nearly ten years. The work drifts a bit, but the core of it always holds tight to these themes. I find the way we as people fill space, whether it be by cars on a road or with silence, something is always there. Filling or leaving us wanting.

I Wish We Could Speak by Heather Riley

I Wish We Could Speak
7.75 x 5.5 x 1.75 inches
Oil and found wood on panel

 

Saturday in Lima by Heather Riley

Saturday in Lima
20.5 x 12 x 1.75
Oil, wood floorboard on panel

Something to the pieces not fitting back together…

Chop Two
Cut paper, ink, methyl cellulose, oil on board
18 x 22 inches

Collage and assemblage has been creeping into my mind in recent weeks – must be all that Rauschenberg I’ve been looking at. Most of my work for years had some element of collage. There is something about torn paper, repositioned words, flat colors and photos that just grab that graphic image lover in me. In the studio I am trying to not judge my ideas when it comes to my work – so if I think, “I want to put a piece of paper on there,” I do it. If the paper is on there and I want to take it off, I do. I don’t question – and it leads to wonderful (most of the time) little discoveries. This is a work in progress.

“Intersections 3”
Oil on board with printed paper
4 x 2 feet

Detail of “Intersections 3”

Both color and shape are making their way into back into my work. It is an interesting challenge to welcome and incorporate them… after working in the black, white and grays that I have been prevalent in my work for weeks. I admit it was a little shocking to mix up this yellow. It does feel a bit like awakening however… both with myself and my work. This process of returning to line, to basics to a limited neutral palette has opened up a wider world in terms of art making. My work now doesn’t look like how it looked before. Everything is becoming much more possible.

“Streamers in the Storm”
Oil and charcoal on board
4 x 2 feet

Detail of “Streamers in the Storm”

I have been dreaming of boats at sea for many months, along with skies with large clouds, moon filled nights in the water. I always seem to focus on distance, drift, the coming apart and pulling together in these dreams. As a result I have been drawing a bunch of these objects, and while of course studying more of Robert Motherwell and other Abstract Expressionists, have ended up here. These are works in progress, I just did them today. More to come…

“Distance”
Acrylic and Charcoal on Birch
6 x 3 feet

“Three”
Acrylic and Charcoal on Birch
6 x 3 feet

The past few days have been eventful in my studio, with a lot of time creating, thinking and trying to resolve order. I find sometimes that not all ideas are best thought out and at other times,  ideas are best thought out. I have both ways of working in my current work and feel like there is a language beginning to develop. It is still a new language, so I am uncertain of it at this point – but it is worth exploring further. The works shown below are in process.

Storms At Sea 

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