Narrative.

"Sweet the Marrow"

Oil on Canvas

36'' X 24''

About Narrative.

Marrying my interest in Minimalism, and Literalism, NARRATIVE uses hand-painted words to create a form in an expanded field of imagery. 

The oil is applied in my handwriting, or stenciled. Variance of stroke, pressure, speed, material, surface, color and size collide to arrive at a unitary character. 

This reflects my own confessional and personal interpretation of the words. There is no hierarchy or focal point, just repetition and rhythm.  The physicality of each jumble alludes to the emotion and the energy that the literal readings convey. 

The overlapping words may beg deciphering, but cryptography is not the goal.  Just as notes appear to dance on the staff line, the words make a statement beyond their literal meaning.  The kinetic energy of the handwritten word, taking a corporeal shape and status, conjures a new interpretation.

 

As my Narrative series of work evolved, a variation of paintings that are starkly readable emerged. Instead of purposefully illegible words, the prose takes a bold stance addressing the human condition, and social issues. The viewer is almost forced to read the words, as they are so pronounced within these paintings.

"Greatest Project of All"

Oil on Canvas

60'' X 48''

"Dearest John"

Mixed Media

24'' X 36''

"Seeking"

Oil on Canvas

36.5'' X 28.5''

VIRUS

Mixed Media on Mat Board

background: NY Times partial list of deaths from Covid

18'' X 20''

"Believe in Your Fucking Self"

Oil on Canvas

35'' X 23''

"You Cannot Explain"

Oil on Canvas

40'' X 30''

"Life That is Waiting"

Oil on Canvas

56'' X 44''

"Ode to Elijah Cummings"

Oil on Canvas

25'' X 16.25''

"Eaten Up by Nothing"

Oil on Canvas

48'' X 42''

 © 2020 Elizabeth Stockton