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ADVANCING THE ARTS ACROSS MARYLAND

STACEY GRUVER

STACEY GRUVER

Artist Work

Cuts 1: Found
2013
acrylic on canvas
26" x 32"
Cuts: Found 2
2013
acrylic on canvas
24" x 30"
untitled (land 3)
2014
acrylic and oil on canvas
25" x 23"
Untitled (land 4)
2014
acrylic and oil on canvas
22" x 24"
Untitled (land 8)
2014
acrylic on canvas
23.5in. x 25in.
untitled (intrude)
2016
acrylic on canvas
20in x 16in

Artist Information

County
Baltimore County
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

Artist Statement

I am preoccupied with permeability and impermanence, and my work centers around growth and decay, temporary accumulations and eroding edges. Painting, with all of its flexibility and limitations, is central to my exploration of these concepts. Through abstraction, I explore points of conflict and interruption. The visual language I use is inspired by the impact of powerful geological forces, development, and climate change on our surroundings and our lives. The tension caused by this instability is explored through the juxtaposition of organic forms and geometric shapes, uneasy color relationships, and a variety of textures, finishes, and marks. My recent paintings depict a series of abstracted landscapes built on inherently unstable foundations. An irresistible impulse to undermine, to destroy, and to remake shapes each piece. This shaping is fundamental to the work. Just as the forms within the paintings activate and define each other, the physical boundaries of the paintings themselves define and interact with the space surrounding them. Whether arranged across walls or floors, the irregular edges of each piece reflect the uncertain, shifting boundaries of an environment in constant, poorly contained flux. Both subtle and dramatic changes in composition occur each time the paintings are hung, and the easily changed configuration of the finished pieces expresses the malleability that lies at the core of this work.