Artist Statement

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Over the years my approach to painting has acquired its own presence as a vocabulary independent of explicit figurative imagery, becoming the visual expression of creative energy. For me, mark-making, rejecting, over-painting, scraping, scratching and burnishing the painted surface generates visual issues. Each painting emerges organically as I literally draw with paint, the initial random marks eventually forming into clusters of compositional dilemmas. It is in this process of negotiating with the visual dissonance that I aspire, struggle, reconcile and proceed forward. I have devised a unique vocabulary of marks, playing with quasi metaphorical forms and inferred pictorial references that, as players on the painting’s surface, participate in contentious visual debates. Create then reject. Rebuild, reject then create again. The result is an approach to mark-making with acrylics and powdered pigment that visually resembles a cross between fresco and encaustic techniques. The process that I employ provides me with perpetual opportunities to explore, inexhaustible visual complications to resolve and limitless compositions to uncover. 

© Soteris Sam Roussi, 2017