In a new video by Molly Davies, Pat Steir discusses her work while painting in her Vermont studio.
Steir addresses both her use of the drip as image:
The idea of pouring the paint of the waterfall paintings was to use the icon of abstract painting, which is a drippy brushstroke, and make that abstract icon make an image all by itself. And that’s what it did, it made an image of the waterfall…
and painting as performance:
The performative aspect, especially of the splash up paintings, is extreme. It’s really a dance. It’s really a ballet. And the picture is the record of the movement. It’s a direct record of the movement.
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