Leonie Guyer Artist Statement
I’m interested in the iconic function of painting – in painting as a context, a space, in which to focus awareness, articulate energy, and offer a deep experience of seeing. As a contemporary artist, I realize there is no intact iconic tradition for me to work within – rather, my work comes out of a longing for an intact iconography, and an awareness of its absence. The work is a consideration of iconic and aniconic, form and formless – the process whereby energy flows from formless into form, forms dissolve and new forms are generated.
In drawing, painting, and site responsive projects, the work explores the interconnection between idiosyncratic shapes and the spaces they inhabit. The shapes conflate geometric and organic structures, referring obliquely to natural forms, artifacts, glyphs, and architecture. A tension hovers in the work in the relationship between rigorous simplicity and subtle eccentricities of form.
A critical part of this relationship exists in the intense working of the forms – the edges of the shapes reveal the history of their making, and energize the surrounding space. I work towards a moment when the shape and the ground form a vibrating stasis.
I pay particular attention to scale, and I use simple materials – graphite and colored pencil, sumi ink, gouache, chalk gesso grounds, handmade oil paint – on paper, wood panels, and on walls and windows. Site responsive projects extend my studio practice into an expanded field.