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Behind the scenes of "Field Guide"

A field guide is meant to act as a manual, a tool to help the reader identify aspects of the natural world around them as identified and explained by the author. In Kit Porter’s solo exhibition Field Guide, the artist has established a similar position of authority as the works move the viewer through her collected observations expressed in paint.

Porter’s work evokes a sense of abundance. Swaddled in oceans of cerulean and cobalt-tinged green, rich expanses of wildflower color dapple her canvases. These fragmented petal-like forms evoke abundance, yet honor the complexity and fragility of the physical world through the eroded barrier that forms each shape’s perimeter.

The worn quality of each form comes from the opaque paint that Porter applies around each botanical form, isolating and suspending each shape in a blanket of pigment. This process alters and determines the concave and convex profile of each form, accentuating the fluctuating curvature that oscillates between round and full, to hollow and angular.

Through this body of work, I am utilizing rich color to create fields of fragments reminiscent of fields of wildflowers, inviting the viewer to not only experience the works as a collection of fragments, but to look closer and notice how each fragment is formed. While a field of flowers is an excellent metaphor for a feeling of joy and abundance; it is important to recognize the parts that make up the whole of such an experience – none of them perfect. — Kit Porter

This process of attenuation refocuses the viewer’s attention from the floral field as a whole to the formation of each individual fragment. By centering the process and technique through which the compositions are formulated, Porter draws a parallel between the way our physical environment shapes our experience of the world around us.

Together, the works act as a dependent taxonomy. As the viewer takes in the paintings as a collective ensemble, shifts in scale, color and form direct our attention to the many distinct and imperfect parts that come together to make the greater whole. In Field Guide, Porter’s paintings communicate the symbiotic nature of this relationship.

Field Guide is on view March 24 - April 14 at Uprise Art. Schedule your visit here.

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