Astoria based artist uses a “matter of fact approach to painting and making objects by improvising and reusing found materials along with the paint to amplify the intended meaning”.
Field has a Master’s Degree in Studio Fine Art from New York University and is currently acting president of non-profit Astoria Visual Arts and Visual Arts Curator @KALA exhibition space and has been included in many juried exhibits and residencies.
“Painting is a dark romance for me - a sensuous love of paint and materials, but also the expression of unknown meaning that always finds its way to the surface. It is often on the edge between making and destroying.
You can look at an object for a long time, until it is so familiar, and then one day its entire meaning changes - which changes the object in turn. Painting is one way of looking for the mystery that is always there hiding in plain sight, and is the price of one’s time for understanding.”
Q: What is mixed media fresco painting?
A: Three successive coats of specially prepared plaster, sand, and sometimes marble dust are troweled. Each of the first two rough coats is applied and then allowed to set (dry and harden). In the meantime, the artist, who, perhaps, has made a full-scale preparatory drawing of the image that she intends to paint, transfers the outlines of the design onto the surface from a tracing. The final, smooth coat of plaster is then troweled onto as much of the surface as can be painted in one session. The boundaries of this area are confined carefully along contour lines, so that the edges, or joints, of each successive section of fresh plastering are imperceptible.
© 2015-2016 All images copyright Agnes Field