I grew up in Texas observing the vast expansive sky. As a result, my work has consistently been inspired by the ethereal changes of light and atmosphere.
This body of work explores the atmospheric phenomenon of mirage. Mirage embodies the concept that what is perceived is not always true in nature as well as in human existence.
It is this mysterious and ephemeral beauty of the unknown that informs the paintings.
A mirage creates something illusionary, or without substance seen over water, desert, or hot pavement. It surpasses the ordinary and touches on the mystical or the unexplained. It is this undefined quality, possibility, or curiosity of perception that is compelling to me.
Our lives are filled with our own element of the unknown in day to day out comes. We can resist this reality or embrace it and we tend to do both.
My process involves preparing the canvas with multiple layers of ground and sanding before applying over ten layers of color to create an inner depth and light. I love using both large and small canvases which lends a a feeling of different degrees of spaciousness. I try to push the painting beyond the limits of possible experience or material existence. I never know where the painting itself will lead me. I start with an idea or sketch but it is always a surprise when the painting is complete. My intention is to create the sensation of being in the environment itself.
Many artists have been of influence in my work which leans toward a contemporary edge that relates to Color Field painting and Minimalism.
Influences would include Mark Rothko, 19th and 20th century landscape painters, Claude Monet, Agnes Martin, Vija Cellmins, Ann Hamilton, James Terrell, Richard Misrach, Donald Judd, and Gerard Richter.
All and more have provided a rich range of moods offering a great window of inspiration through out my life.
Carole Pierce, 2017
Craighead Green Gallery
1011 Dragon Street
Dallas, Texas 75207