Katherine Johnson

I paint about being alive in this world of uncertainty and contradiction, accepting the paradox of differing views of reality, enjoying the suggestive and complexity in what is ambiguous, and exploring how to exist with all of it.

Through looseness of spontaneity, I invite the unconscious. The result is unpredictable and often inexplicable, sometimes with foreground/background fluctuation, interrupted continuity, and parts that may not seem to fit together. Through adding paint and scraping off, the past meets the present. When the random mark-making resolves itself into composition, I look for what the painting has to show me and develop it, while accepting ambiguity and its multiple meanings.

The finished work is enigmatic and asks more questions than it answers. I connect with the viewer in hunting for its meaning, looking to understand what’s there of life, mysterious and perplexing.


A Contemporary Art Gallery