THRESHOLD: paintings of rural decay
Recently, I have been more interested in the use of visual source materials, mainly my own photographs, and the potential to translate those images quite clearly and simply, without much improvisation. Art Critic James Elkins writes about this notion in his book “Six stories at the end of representation”, in which he describes the de nition of threshold as it relates to the point in which a picture gives way to what is taken to be unrepresentable. He relates the etymology of the word sublime as meaning “up to the threshold”. This, to me, is the area of painting I am investigating, and with this project, illustrating: The sublime feeling when confronted with the stark nakedness of rural decay, and how it can translate into abstract painting.