How does an artist known for her evocative and intricately-detailed paintings of flowers and other natural forms arrive at Lyrical Abstraction – a style of art that is intuitive, spontaneous, and expressive? It is not as far a stretch as one might think, at least not with the path I have taken with my art.
I credit my discovery of fractals for altering my vision of the natural world and changing the direction and force of my work. Simply stated, fractals are the self-repeating properties found with in a single object of nature when magnified thousands of times. At a depth beyond what the naked eye can see, my subject is no longer a flower. It is a dynamic system that exists in a chaotic abstract universe filled with energy, turbulence, mystery, and beauty. The patterns in these systems repeat through multiple phenomena. Fractals have taken my vision and my imagination in directions that I never foresaw.
With the Lyrical Abstraction work I am focusing on the energy and movement across the canvas with absolute freedom, abandoning my former disciplines. This includes no longer using brushes! I am working with specially designed instruments and playing with mixed media to create additional surface texture which adds another level of surprises. One technique constant throughout all my work is the process of layering colors. Here, it explodes with a fresh vitality, sometimes applied heavily and at other times with thinly veiled layers.
Just as I am on a voyage of discovery, I am asking the viewer to look more closely at the paintings, to see what lies beneath the surface. What patterns do they see? What forms pique their imagination?
I am loving the journey and invite the viewer to come along for the ride.
Deborah Bigeleisen is an Innovative Artist Whose Vision is Changing the Genre of Floral Painting.