Louise Weinberg - Artists Statement
My work focuses on the issue of containment – the human desire for the safety of enclosure and structure vs. the terror of possible entrapment. My abstract paintings depict an array of containers- grids, buildings, eggs, spheres, circles, squares and cubes.They suggest that a container can protect, imprison or both.
In my Spheres Emerging Series, I paint spheres, which are also containers, but the spheres now appear to be free, no longer held down, nor struggling to burst out. These paintings are concerned with the notion of form developing within a space. The spheres are ambiguous -at once huge or molecular. The space that surrounds the form is ambiguous as well -sometimes deep, sometimes shallow.
Painting for me is a slow gradual emergence of form into space. Using palette knives, nails, combs, rags -I push, pull, dig and scrape - searching for layers underneath as I continue to add more paint on top of older layers. This way of working always allows me to make surprising discoveries, which I find to be an essential part of the painting process. My paintings emerge gradually and only after much struggle, not unlike the way a person’s sense of self emerges over the course of a lifetime.