BREAKING PATTERNS explores Laura McClanahan’s interest in transformation. The action of deconstructing solids and breaking through to the emerging potential of new possibilities is central to the development of her abstract language. Her technique is straightforward and unpretentious. Each series is created in one session where she arranges glass objects and takes a hammer to them. Next, ink, oil, and water, salt and acrylic medium are added to the shattered glass to emphasize patterns, much like staining a laboratory slide. She continues to manipulate the still life, increasing the fluids and allowing the piece to take form as the medium streams through the empty spaces. Paint is introduced for its physical properties alone, as there is nothing intentionally painterly in her efforts. McClanahan’s focus is on process and facilitating change until the progressive stages of the composition's cycles are completed.
Fascinated by the archetypal patterns that emerge in abstractionism, McClanahan creates dramatic spaces in these slowly built up layers of color and movement. Transparent to opaque shapes relate conveying the changes of character when influenced by time, experience or placement. Groupings consist of multiple smaller forms in varied arrangements, drawing the viewer into the depths beyond the smooth surface. The influence of shadows intertwined with light hold context for paradoxical expression. Still there is symmetry and confluence and natural patterns emerge as the viewer discovers relationships in the artistry of Laura McClanahan’s seemingly random construction.
Breaking Patterns are digitally printed using archival Epson UltraChrome K3 with Vivid Magenta inks on Lyve canvas coated with Timeless matte varnish. Sized to 36"x36.”