SEPTEMBER 2 - 30, 2017
After six years - in the new territory of painting live jazz on the iPad - I feel free to abandon likeness and move toward a looser tapestry.
While painting I am caught up in the turbulence of this improvised art form. I leap into each painting opportunity with all the confidence I can muster and grow the piece layer by layer. I flow with the music, and the movement of the musicians - sliding back and forth in a frenzy between as many as twenty layers. My aim is to capture a narrative, that includes music, the set, players, and my response to it all. It is an absorbing involvement of eyes, ears, hands - my whole being. And when going well it feels like a collaboration with the musicians. The resulting image conveys a dense fabric, letting through the underlying images selectively. It also plays back as a short video, revealing every stroke I made.
Bayside,California, September 2017
Claire Iris Schencke