all artwork © 2019 Margaret Curtis Studio

PAINTING

My work has always been concerned with power. Recently, I began working with more precise representation to create large-scale, complex—yet open— narratives that explore power dynamics within everyday relationships. My subject matter is feminist, personal, political: the body as occupied territory, autonomy won through confrontation. 

 

Painting is a geological process of layering and erosion. I try to make the movement of my hand as obvious as possible to the viewer, creating space and specificity through the relationship of crude or “dumb” marks—a process more dependent on time and accumulation than rendering skill.

Finally, I work out of a love for the visceral, embodied voice of the paint itself—the way its physical substance resists the imposition of subject matter while paradoxically amplifying its meaning. 

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