Weir Farm's fully immersive setting in nature is ideal for the work I plan to do at the residency. My paintings utilize the landscape and natural world as a foundation and departure point for my artistic exploration of the space between abstraction and representation. It is this space that is of particular interest to me, where forms and images are suggested but left open for a multitude of interpretations and meanings. Utilizing vibrant colors, expressionist mark making and a material application that is often haphazard, my technical practice is open to material accidents. The paint is encouraged to move and fall where it may within its own physical capacity and allows spontaneous forms to take shape. I then may refine these areas to develop the picture's subject and composition. To me, this artistic process emulates nature's power and omnipresence, and the fine balance of human existence within the natural world.
A residency at Weir Farm will augment my professional development by providing me an open, light-filled studio space with electricity and running water and with nature directly outside its windows and doors. For the last number of years, I have had a makeshift, portable studio in my home and garage.
~ Liz Leggett
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