Terry Winters: Interview

Terry Winters, Tessellation Figures (5), 2011, oil on linen, 80 x 76 inches (cou
Terry Winters, Tessellation Figures (5), 2011, oil on linen, 80 x 76 inches (courtesy of Matthew Marks Gallery)

Jennifer Samet interviews painter Terry Winters.

Winters comments: "The pictures are painted through call-and-response — a series of spontaneous interactions. I’m finding images and making drawings. I’m working from that material. That activity of making the paintings is what the paintings are. Hopefully when finished they suggest a larger, unforeseen view... My interest is to construct an animated object. I want the pictures to have an associative power, a sense of life. Entities, events, and scenes are depicted, but I’m reluctant to give them over-determined titles. I like the range of ambiguity that paintings can contain. They have a hypothetical narrative... It’s important to reach a place where you don’t know what you’re doing. Painting is a combination of carpentry and catastrophe."