25x37x0, monotype on paper, 2020
Working in abstraction allows the fullest expression of my life. Prolific and driven to get out the complex emotions that words fail to express. I use colors to set the tone and lines the movement. Together they tell my narrative.
The collections are a landscape abstraction of my thoughts and emotions from an aerial perspective. Applying layers of intense translucent color fields to create a poetic narrative as my visual diary. Random two words from my journal title the pieces to unite art and text for a cohesive message.
My work explores balances of complex with simple and intense color with black and whites. The forms appear as abstracted roads/landscapes/doors and windows. I layer to represent the totality of life. I include the dark times and messy places as a celebration of it all.
I do not set out to use these elements they appear as I work intuitively to express myself. I work fast enough to not let the thinking get in the way. I let the art do the magic. It’s only in hindsight I can appreciate this full richness of discovery.
Laurie Blessen studied at the California College of the Arts and received a BFA in Graphic Design.