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Kristen Pell

These mixed media works on paper are the product or process. Unlike much of my other work, I didn’t have a preconceived image or plan in mind when beginning these pieces. I made a mark on the page, then reacted to it, made another mark, and reacted to that, etc. There are layers of tissue paper built up upon layers of pencil drawings, watercolor washes, and acrylic. The tissue paper allows me to hide parts of the painting that I want to hide without completely eliminating them from the page.

Most of my work is directly autobiographical; oil paintings of my dog asleep on my couch, sweaters hanging in my closet, etc. These small mixed media works are autobiographical of my creative process. Rather that illustrating a mundane moment from my life, they are remnants of moments in my studio; they’re a peek into what happens when I stop having a plan.

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