The emergence of stripes

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Rebecca McKaughn Shepherd (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Andrew Martin

Abstract: Within the geometric designs of my previous paintings, stripes have always played a major role. These stripes were used as bands that enclosed space or defined shapes. I have decided the "stripe" will be the subject of my thesis paintings. My work has always been extremely deliberate and calculated. Every element of color and design was laboriously developed by making many drawings and color sketches. I would spend weeks mixing and manipulating colors. This process produced very mechanical paintings. My new work is an attempt to be less rigid and more spontaneous. I no longer make preliminary drawings. The canvas is first covered with a background color. Using tape to mark the area on which to begin, I proceed by mixing one color and putting in vertical stripes of this color. The next color is mixed and applied in the same manner. When the relationship of stripes to spaces appears correct, I stop. The addition of horizontal stripes and their color or colors are determined by the overall look of the painting after the vertical stripes have been painted. Changes in color and/or spacing are made at this point. These changes range from very minor to a complete reworking of the design.

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Language: English
Date: 1977

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