I caught up with painter Rebecca Saylor Sack at her studio in the Crane Arts Building recently. We talked about a number of things, but one thing that we had a good laugh about was that the work of painters, especially those who work with abstract imagery, progresses because we wind up making problems for ourselves.
I know that whenever I begin to feel too comfortable with some aspect of what's going on with my work or if it begins to feel too "easy", it's very likely that I'm going to find some kind of wrench to throw into the situation-changing sizes and kinds of supports, trying different media to paint with, bringing different forms into the work, etc... I feel like if I don't create challenges for myself, the work will stall and feel stagnant.
Rebecca seems to keep her work fresh just from the balancing act of using abstraction that closely references landscape, but stops well short of being exactly landscape painting. However, like myself, she has deemed it necessary to mix things up a bit over the past year or so by bringing mark-making strategies, like spray paint, to the work that mixes well her very capable paint-handling skills.
Rebecca Saylor Sack is represented by the Nicelle Beauchene Gallery in New York.
Artist website: Rebecca Saylor Sack.com