DUDLEY ZOPP BLACK & WHITE & RED
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The Erosion paintings reveal my passion for paint and my deeply-felt connection to the earth. I have always been willing to let process determine image, and over time, I have developed a way of moving and layering paint that mimics the slow build-up and precipitous shifting of the sediments and magma that form our planet. In the abstract patterning of the paintings, I am exploring the ways rocks are formed and distributed in the landscape. These abstract patterns are also objects of meditation, reminders of place and of the geological forces that formed our contemporary landscape. They provide the viewer a way of penetrating layers of memory, of going deep into one's psyche to examine our place in the landscape and our way of being in the world.
My paintings are about time and where we fit into this present moment, knowing that our lives are bounded by a past measured in thousands of millions of years of geological time, and by a future measured in the slow growth of organic life, an unknowable future of which we are the accidental stewards.
The ink monotypes accompany "A Butterfly Careless," a limited-edition fine-press book of haiku by Maine poet Andrew Gay. In the spirit of haiku, which uses a defined number of syllables to capture a present moment, I have chosen to limit myself to three visual elements, the circle, the bar, and the square. Each monotype is effectively the result of a roll of the dice. The gesture of the hand is always the same, the combination of elements always comes up differently. A selection of the monotypes were chosen for the book slipcases, and others, as exhibited here, float free.