TREADING statementTreading means progressive ascent. Above is heaven, below is lake; the sky covers the lake, the lake looks up to the sky – so above and below have fixed positions, which cannot be mixed up. The Taoist I Ching
Now, the idea is to get everything right – it’s not just color or form or space or line – it’s everything at once. Richard Diebenkorn
Treading a path or walking a line is an act both repetitive and meditative. But within this exercise, moments of play and inspiration reveal themselves. The images themselves, although abstract, reveal a reference to landscape and natural processes. The surfaces and colors speak of cloud formations, cracks in the sidewalk, or horizon lines without being one specific place or time of day.
The day-to-day practice of printing is recorded in the surface of each image. Each layer is printed individually, and then given time to dry and reflect upon. The work becomes a conversation, a give and take with the artist, layer-by-layer and step-by-step. In this regard the process itself is meditative, and the completed work encourages this reflection by the viewer as well.
Although the prints begin as strict formal investigations, this content changes as the image develops. This rigid structure of artist imposed rules transforms into something both reflective and expressive, for the artist and for the viewers.