Statement

Shimmer 60 (green)Earlier paintings are usually the basis of inspiration for new work.

A painting begins with drawing shapes and lines on the canvas. These compositional elements are abstract and I work on them intuitively. Later, stepping back, I may sense figurative or associative elements in the painting. It is important that these elements be universal forms- something that isn’t too literal but might be understood by or at least create intrigue for anyone anywhere. On another level, there is the uncertain space created by the overlapping forms. The space may seem to be inside or outside: exposed or concealed. This ambiguity is critical. The use of small marks to create pattern and intensity of color is an important aspect of many of the paintings.

Interpretation is left to the individual viewer. My intention is that the paintings evoke feelings left behind by a dream, an emotion, or a memory without being limited to the specific details of the event itself.

—Ellen Soffer