This one is a new direction I am exploring, where I am incorporating mark-making with the paint in light-handed way. I am using acrylic paint-markers. My favourite so far are the Molatow markers because they give the cleanest line. I am using white, black and turquoise in this piece. I like the combination of delicate and gritty this piece has.
"Never Cut When You Can Untie" is a Robert Frost quotation. I have been really loving titling my work this past year, it is like an additional creative writing project. Each title responds to the piece and expands it, in my opinion. These titles are always relevant to something that has been happening in my life.
This title is meaningful because I had a relationship unravel last year, and learned the hard way to be more careful with conflict. It turns out that not everyone sees conflicts —when they arise (and of course they always will, because we are human — as opportunities for growth.
Never Cut What You Can Untie. So poignant. Cutting is so much harder to heal from. I still feel the pain, the wound still gets salt in it from time to time when I least expect it, the scars are uglier.
Naming this painting in memory of this unhealed conflict is therapeutic and is helping the wounds heal. I find paintings can act as symbols, or maybe talismans of some funny sort, because they can be the manifestation of taking a step forward. Then it reminds me that I have taken that step every time I see it. This painting, Never Cut What You Can Untie, looks forward to a more gentle approach in the future and way better boundaries. We all need good boundaries.