CORLISS CHASTAIN

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Artist Statement: I have traveled all over the word and 48 states, and lived in Maine for 35 years! There are spectacular places of natural wonder all over this planet! But, Southwestern Indiana in Spring is the greenest place I have ever seen (an opinion shared by many). The pallet of greens is rich, textured and infinite! These “Greenworks” are from a series of recent “backyard paintings” on canvas inspired by the ever-changing landscape of my gardens. Although the initial images begin with recognizable place, structure and form, they are subsequently “re-configured” and become abstracted patterns. Jazz improvisation is a process of spontaneously creating fresh melodies over the continuously repeating cycle of chord changes of a tune. Like the musician, this artist may depend on the contours of an initial composition or concept, or solely on the possibilities of the harmonies. It has been said that the best improvised music sounds composed, and that the best composed music sounds improvised. “Composed” and “improvised” may seem to be incongruent. In my prints and paintings, as with Jazz, concepts and images emerge in a unique mix - inspired by the original content and composition. The original impulse that drives me to begin an image is a narrative or story. Although the “story” is essential to the development of the initial, formal structure and inspires imagery, my process ultimately de-contructs, transforms, and obscures it. Once the work is under way, the artwork often takes on a life of its own: The narrative succumbs to the synthesis of process and materials, and the finished piece eclipses the story, and rich, complex surfaces emerge inviting closer inquiry.

Corliss Chastain Garden-Candy | 24x30 | Acrylic on Canvass
Corliss Chastain Exotics | 24x30 | Acrylic on Canvas
Corliss Chastain Quince-on-the-Edge | 24x30 | Acrylic on Canvas