Vanessa Irzyk

The work is a culmination of loosely obsessive mark making. The objective is to pull the viewer in to see each brushstroke in affiliation with its intricate cut. Both the painting and cutting process feels zen, although meticulous and monotonous. Negotiating colors, sharp angles, and miniscule cuts are what fuels me. The repetitive motion and tedious process is comforting, and allows me to push myself ever-so-slightly into inventing new shapes, angles, and problems.

I begin by creating (mostly) symmetrical designs with acrylic paint applied to colored paper with a flat brush. Nothing is pre-planned or sketched out. Each stroke informs the next. The balance of color and vibrancy is important for for the equilibrium of the soon-to-be object. Once laid out, I begin cutting attentively around each marking, leaving an outline of the colored paper surrounding the stroke for consistency. When released from the background paper it becomes an object of its own.