ELLE CHAE & HEIDI CONROD, MFA '16, Thesis Exhibition, Painter Painter, Karsh-Masson Gallery
Heidi Conrod: I consider the practice of painting to be neurotic, obsessive and seductive. It keeps me permanently searching, and so it is also addictive in its elusiveness. The physical engagement with paint, its rich history, and the constant risk of failure are what keep me coming back.
In me, the urge to paint begins with a strong compulsion to internalize and organize what I see, and then communicate this seeing. It is a way to order the phantasmagoria of life and the randomness of being, and stimulates a form of magical thinking.
The meditative and slow act of painting provides me with a means to mirror forms of mental activity, to express desires, anxieties, intentions, and everything else that is inexpressible or ineffable.
This exhibition includes a group of new paintings that explores the depiction of mental states through the cautious release and withholding of visual, conceptual, and autobiographical cues. Reflecting on the nature of memory and time and the fluid ways in which these seemingly immaterial phenomena interact, the works represent multiple visions within one viewing experience; commenting not only on the surface of things, but also on what may lie hidden beneath. The works are best understood through introspection rather than a forced rationale.
Elle Chae and Heidi Conrod
Exhibition: August 4 to 28, 2016
Vernissage: Thursday, August 25, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.