We catch up with painter Ky Anderson in her Greenpoint, Brooklyn studio to learn more about her process and newest paintings. Ky’s abstract works are created with a consistent muted palette on a variety of surfaces, from canvas to found vintage paper. Her paintings were exhibited alongside works by Vicki Sher at PULSE Art Fair, New York in March 2016.
“I make my strongest work when there are no distractions. No people, no music, no windows, no view and most importantly no phone. But besides that, location does not matter: I can be anywhere.”
“I start by looking at what I was working on the day before so I can continue the same thoughts and ideas. I usually start by working on small paper, to get my hand and mind loose, and then work up in size.”
“My canvas work can be more labored, and I tend to work on them for much longer than my paper work. By spending a few hours working on paper prior to working on my canvases, it helps me approach them with a looser hand.”
“I paint one mark and move it aside to dry, then paint another mark - and so on. This process allows me to work quickly and in turn my ideas/thoughts/stories can come out quicker.”
“I thin down my paint so that it has varying levels of transparency. This thin paint can be totally unpredictable, so depending on if I’m working on the wall or the floor, my paint can act in different ways: either dripping everywhere or pooling on the paper or canvas to create darker spots as it dries.”
“I let the paint be the paint. If it drips, it drips.”