MARLENE STRUSS

p: 805-967-7179
e: marlene@startran.com
w: www.marlenestruss.com

“My abstract process seeks to emulate the game of life where the future is unpredictable and the past never completely disappears.”

For me painting is absorbing, engaging play. It is exhilarating exploration of the effects of paint of varying viscosities applied or removed with unusual tools and forces to discover colors, textures, lines, and illusions that all work together to emulate the game of life where the future is unpredictable and the past never completely disappears. Layer upon layer of paint, each layer an aesthetic response to the previous ones, resemble geological stratification, and shadows and form suggest space, movement, and organic processes that are unknown possibilities in a micro or macroscopic universe. The balance of both masculine and feminine elements, sharpness and softness, curves and angles are present in my work in an attempt to grasp an idealized and cooperative totality. The hand of man may be represented but as an unglorified part, not the center of the universe. Usually a piece begins as a wild chaotic elemental manifestation but becomes more organized and accessible as I gingerly approach the important decision to stop.