As a timeless organizing principle, geometry is the underlying matrix or architecture of all my work. I am drawn to its symmetry and quasi-symmetry and the limitless potential to create my own world.
My work is about clarity and structure, pared down to essential forms. In my recent paintings and drawings, I use metallic pigments, like aluminum and graphite. I also use mica particles mixed with my colors to affect a kinetic quality of illusory motion depending from which angle the work is seen.
I’m very interested to explore physical fact and psychic affect of color and form with this process. I work toward the instant the work has its own center, its own logic, physically and intellectually.
Most of all I want my work to be about deceleration, in the spirit of the works by Olafur Eliasson and the Swiss architect Peter Zumthor, as a counter point to the ever accelerating whirl of our time, in which our lives seem trapped. There is one more thing of importance to me—a sense of beauty.
Gudrun Mertes-Frady was born in Cologne Germany, where she studied at the Hochschule für Art und Design. She lives and works in Brooklyn New York.