Tamar Zinn

My work is motivated by an ongoing exploration of forms in space and emphasizes the interaction between a whole and the jumble of individual elements that collectively create a moment in time. The process of building each painting is reflective and leisurely. Although I begin each painting with a loosely drawn network of shapes, I work intuitively and without a preconceived endpoint, welcoming the unexpected. My palette may be derived from nature, might be a response to the work of another artist, or be prompted by an exploration of a particular pigment. Transparent layers of oils are applied, scraped and sanded until the structure of the composition emerges. Areas of focused activity are developed to balance larger areas of quiet. Forms are adjusted, obliterated and may re-emerge in subsequent layers. In the most recent work, lines are incised into areas of wet paint to expose hidden layers of color. The paintings continue to evolve until color, rhythm and movement reach a harmonious whole.