Chris Wagner

Beyond Surface
Saguaro

watercolor  

20 x 25 (framed)

Shadow

watercolor 

22 x 25 (framed)

Morphology

watercolor

13 x 14 (framed)

Zen Maze

watercolor 

22 x 25 (framed)

Petals #1

watercolor

14 x 26 (framed)

Petals #2

watercolor 

14 x 26 (framed)

Heliconia

watercolor

14 x 26 (framed)

Underside

watercolor 

22 x 25 (framed)

Each of these watercolors tells a story. They recreate a memory or an emotion or a reaction to a place I have been. This storytelling has evolved from repetitive images within one painting, to related images in separate paintings, and finally multiple painted images within one picture. And, this repetition takes on both realistic and abstract forms. In the relationships within and between paintings, I’m exploring the notion of "like but different," and that which makes it different. Whether the differences are color changes, definition of shapes, or various snapshots in time, those variations and references all help tell the story. 

All living things change with age, and we can easily observe the shifts that happen on the surface. But many of the changes occur subtly, beneath the surface, only revealed as the exterior fades and morphs. Recently I have  explored those structures, investigating their form, and capturing the passage of time through the changes that emerge when you slow down and look more deeply.

 

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