Invitation to View: The Earth Welcomes Us All: Acrylic Paintings

Artist Statement

The paintings submitted here are part of a larger collection of over fifty abstract paintings titled “Invitation to View: The Earth Welcomes Us All.” The vision behind this collection is inspired by the language of art galleries, museums, historic homes, and cultural attractions that “invite” the public to experience rare and spectacular items, structures, or historic monuments in ways that create a deep and lasting impression. Here, the earth itself is welcoming viewers to an encounter with her natural beauty and the intricacies of her environment, as if landscape and organisms are “in a museum or gallery.” Humans have abused and manipulated our natural world to such as extent that we must consider the consequences of the damage. If we continue to pollute our oceans, how long will it be before sea creatures no longer exist? If we continue to rob the earth of her minerals and resources, how long will it be before the scars on the land cannot be healed? The earth is the curator of imagination, the creator of artistry. In this collection, the personification of the earth waves us all in. Come and see. Come and see the glory of color, shape, form, line, juxtaposition, interpretation. Come and see what’s been designed for us all, before it’s indeed only a replica in a museum.

The paintings are created using the technique of acrylic pour. Acrylic paint is mixed with various substrates and silicone oil and “poured” across the surface, then stimulated with heat and allowed to settle. This creates unique abstract designs containing “cells” and “striations,” which the artist interprets as landscape and specific natural elements. The technique is loose and free. The artist controls the colors chosen, but the design becomes what it will become within the constraints of the mathematical balance of substrates and the scientific properties that act upon them. In this way, the designs are grounded, yet free to become individualistic, just as the images they represent.

Sandy Coomer is a poet and artist living in Brentwood, TN. She is the author of three poetry chapbooks, including the recently published Rivers Within Us (Unsolicited Press). Her art has been featured in local art shows and exhibits and has been published in journals such as Gravel, Varnish, and The Magnolia Review. Sandy is a teacher, mentor, and the founding editor of the online poetry journal Rockvale Review.

Photo by Shawn Coomer