work on paper     

Artist Statement

Kate Emlen

Composition, motion, and color: these are the elements of the formal
language of painting that absorb me. When I’m working, I’m not thinking,
but let the rhythms within take over. When I stand back from the painting, I
am looking for motion of composition, the play of space and counterspace,
the weight of color, and how all these elements are influencing one another.
A painting is complete when I can feel it is moving and breathing as a whole.
This is the wonderful mystery I look for in every painting: the mystery of
natural rhythms taken into the rhythm of paint.