The process of making art is a way for me to establish a personal sense of order in a physical world laden with disorder and chaos. I use geometric images, marks, color, and subtle surface physicality to convey a sense of clarity, purity, and quiet strength. I produce several distinct but analogous bodies of work, each consisting of specific combinations of elements.
I have always had a heightened sensitivity to my environment. This has proven fundamental to my art, as ideas take root. I am influenced by juxtapositions of shapes, lines or colors, found in a variety of surroundings; I employ these as starting points for projects. The combinations of ideas I can conjure are infinite. I work methodically, guided by intuition and experiential knowledge. During the creative process, I apply drawing and painting media to paper and canvas, arranging and manipulating the composition to create a certain ambience – a new environment which was before seen only in the mind, now in two-dimensional format. A work is complete when a concise and deceptively complex synergy is formed amid the material and the intangible.
I think of my drawings and paintings as meditations – both for me during the act of painting or drawing, and for the viewer. I invite the eye to linger long enough so that the mind may become quiet, open, and receptive. To understand my art, all that is needed is that which the viewer is willing to bring to the experience.
- Stephanie Hoff Clayton, 2017