Joanne Greenbaum: Interview

Joanne Greenbaum, Untitled, 2014, oil on canvas, 90 x 80 inches (courtesy of the
Joanne Greenbaum, Untitled, 2014, oil on canvas, 90 x 80 inches (courtesy of the artist and Rachel Uffner Gallery)

Karolle Rabarison interviews painter Joanne Greenbaum about her work which was recently on view at Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York.

Greenbaum comments: "Most of the time, I’m not thinking of a viewer. In fact, the only viewer I really think about is myself. I imagine that I am the ideal viewer to that work, and make the painting that that viewer wants to see, but really I don’t proceed and work with someone looking over my shoulder. The process of making these paintings is very incremental and layered in that I carry the painting in me for the duration of making that painting. So I am never far away from it. I see things in the paintings that maybe other people don’t see, and the elements that I put in there have a very specific painterly meaning to me. I can’t control what people see in the paintings, and I don’t want to. I like the fact that the viewer sometimes has no idea what these paintings mean, and what they are supposed to be. I don’t mind that the conglomeration of their elements doesn’t make much sense in the real world, or even the painting world. That’s what intrigues me."