My work has been about the interconnectedness and interdependence of all things. Twenty-five years ago I developed the technique of woven canvas paintings. It combines the immediacy and expressiveness of painting with the primitive structure of weaving. It is a simple structure, yet profound in its strength. Recently I have simplified my technique by using canvas strips in a single direction across the works’ surface creating overlapping parallel lines. This visual surface creates a minimal simplified texture and evokes contemplative tranquility. After the surface is established I apply oil paint. My palette lays a foundation for the application of gold and silver leaf. Precious metals have been used to convey divinity since antiquity and accentuate the richness of the layers of color. I draw upon the influences of fiber artist Olga DeAmaral and field colorist Mark Rothko. The field colorists’ statement, “elemental truth is conveyed by the simple expression of complex thought”, is the tenet of my process.
– RACHEL DARNELL