Katy Stone, Cloud Tree, 2010
Foto (c) Oliver Indra
I make my work using a generative process that reflects the fecundity of organic life. With the systematic repetition of mark or material, I create hundreds and hundreds of elements in a dynamic range of scale. As the pieces accumulate, I arrange them in space in shallow relief. They may be presented singularly, pinned to the wall, no larger than a single leaf, or they may be layered together into assemblages that stretch from ceiling to floor. No matter their size, they capture a kind of iconic immensity.
As in nature, where flowers insure their survival with brilliance of hue, my works exhibit a sensuous beauty. I use colors with exaggerated vibrancy that may suggest blood, water, oil, or decay. The forms evoke grasses, roots, blossoms, falls, waves, smoke, microscopic life and a host of other possibilities. Alluding to both the familiar and fantastical, they are always just a step away from dissolving into masses of line or shape. Their motions imply growth, expansion and outpouring, motions that are sensed physically in the body; in part representing a desire for surrender versus resistance, for release versus containment.
My work also swells with contradictions. Its spontaneous presence belies its painstaking construction. The archival plastic film that I paint on embodies a sense of both ethereality and commonality-so potently organic in one moment and so completely synthetic the next. Laser-cut metal is similar-both solid and delicate at once. The shadows, though immaterial, are as present as the painted forms. Even when my work hints at monumentality, it also exudes a tangible sense of mutability and fragility. Its clearly constructed and changeable presence admits life's transience and the vulnerability of yearning for permanence.
While these counterpoints and tensions are pivotal, so is the harmony that emerges. My prolific forms embody a kind of hope. As they multiply and amass, they allude to the idea of ongoing flow: a tiny stroke morphs into a stream of droplets that grows into a river of color three stories tall. Perhaps it could stretch on forever.