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ARTIST STATEMENT

For me, making art has always been a search that allowed me to explore the formal visual elements, as well as my personal feelings, through an intuitive, spontaneous process. Through abstract form I often investigate questions of memories, past, and origin.

My abstract paintings are executed in a combined media of watercolor and ink. They are built with layers of washes, intermixed with dynamic lines, scribbles and marks of ink drawing, with an emphasis on the mark making. There is often a quiet tension between the watercolor's fluidity, softness and calm, vs. the dynamic, rhythm and energy of drawing.

In addition to painting, I am also fascinated with clay as one of the most natural and primal materials. The spontaneous and gestural activity of mark making in these pieces is closely tied to calligraphy, language and symbolic communication.

My paintings and ceramic vessels share a common trait; they emerge from a process that is both controlled and accidental. I see this duality of my process as a metaphor for the duality of life; where certain things can be controlled, while others just happen naturally, on their own.


*Read interview with Zanic, Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, NY