Elisabeth Condon: My Florida

Oct. 14, 2006 - Nov. 11, 2006

Opening reception Oct. 14, 2006, 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Florida's manic, Seuss-like landscape catapults me to 1960s LA. A frequent traveler, I was not prepared for how powerfully it operates in past and present tense. Ever since my first encounter, Florida inspires the fictional space of my paintings.

Painting is like taking a trip. Both establish states of heightened awareness and receptivity to contingencies. The suspension allows contradictory impulses between fast and slow, full and empty, loose and obsessive to co-exist in vacillating space. Watercolor blooms as reflective light; acrylic embodies the moisture in the air; oil anchors the feet. Sketchbook fragments reveal an abbreviated world, observed at high speed. Yuan Dynasty scrolls, Dr. Seuss and outre gestures of the French Informel yield unlikely political and cultural references. My translation distorts their original structure, rendering them unrecognizable yet eerily familiar.

The possibilities are endless and painting helps me negotiate them within the activated space of my interior landscape.