Stephanie McMahon

Region: Northeast

City / State: Alfred Station, NY

I approach painting with a sense of possibility, not knowing what the end result will be. Often, reference to a specific place or experience creates the initial structure for exploration. A painting can shift abruptly as it develops, challenging one’s sense of time and resolve. The resulting image is both physical and fleeting, as unexpected and precarious relationships emerge between translucent layers. I keep the painting open-ended by allowing for intuitive and contradictory responses, creating an active image that fluctuates between deliberate and incidental, solid and liquid, soft and sharp. This way of working allows me to extract and distill my observations in the tangible world, while questioning and presenting the possibilities of visual experience and abstraction.