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219 East Park
San Antonio, TX 78212
May 10th, 2013 - July 5th, 2013
Opening: May 10th, 2013 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

United States
(210) 224-1227
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Julie Shipp

Artist Statement

Asperatus, 2013

Asperatus is a series of paintings that capture visual anomalies of light and color in action while allowing sections of the paintings to be more spontaneous to mimic the unpredictable, inexplicable, conflicting forces of nature.   Alluding to a shifting movement in the field or surface, this series implies a more direct confrontation of both nature, and the very nature of painting.

Asperatus refers to a cloud formation that is undulating, ominous, and appears as an upside down sea in the sky.  Taken from the Latin verb, aspero, it means 'to make rough'.  These formations may appear after storms surges, and can be disorienting in appearance, but tend to dissipate.  This is similar to the methods used in creating these works; the paint takes an active role on the surface by implying motion and illusionistic space, and multi-directional applications. 

The light sources often seem intense, and not entirely naturalistic. Colors collide and contrast, while light reflects, illuminates, and separates; fields reveal subtle changes of internal bands of light and color in each layer of paint.  

Similar to the 19th century landscape paintings that are influenced by the sublime forces of nature, my paintings become transcendental statements. (Differing greatly from the 19th century painters, however, is the fact that I exclude the actual trappings of identifiable landscape and nature.) The paintings are a statement about my own understanding of temporal existence.  Although we occupy specific times in designated spaces, we are all living in quick flashes and waves: a transitory existence.