© 2019 Jenny Krauss

I’ve always been fascinated with the process of painting and the interplay between intention and accident. This interest is what inspires me to create pictures that have more in common with simple chemistry experiments than traditional painting techniques.

 

When an artist loads up a brush with paint and applies it to canvas, they often know beforehand what the result will be. The outcome is more or less predetermined.

 

In my work, I intentionally use materials that don’t physically adhere (water-based paints on a non-porous surface). I can only guide my materials and complete control is not an option. Each gesture and color reacts differently to the surface and to other colors.

 

This makes each painting an investigation - a mixing of materials to see what happens. The imagery emerges as a result of the technique. This lack of control is exciting and the element of surprise moves me forward. Most of the time nothing interesting happens so I find myself remaking the entire painting over and over and over…