Artist Statement

I seek what is elemental and essential and that’s why I’m an abstract painter. My aim is existential– I try to convey the quality of being as it is felt in a crystalized presence of memory and time, a kind of suspended musical time from out of the sound of color.

I could say that through memory I summon up the essence, the ineffability, of an emotion or deeply felt experience and transmute it onto canvas. However, it is not I who am transmuting it, but rather, it is the play of materials which summons up a familiarity, finally, that strums a chord for me. The result is a mysterious amalgam that is only a resonance of what was at first intended, for the physical marks on a two-dimensional surface have their own personality and being. And here is where the wrestling with the wilderness of form begins: the confrontation with the elemental forces of color, line and space.

I love suggestion and ambiguity, the emerging and coalescing, something immanent and elemental, and the power and mystery of deep time and deep space.

Virginia Sharkey

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