My art often straddles what is knowable and concrete, and what is mysterious and intuitive.
Developing an idea often incorporates reading, research, and reflection. But when I begin to paint, I let all preconceptions go and surrender to the unfolding discoveries within the work’s progression. Some parts of my paintings are specific and deliberately determined, others created while courting chaos and allowing playful improvisation to determine direction. In the finished work a carefully rendered object can be found alongside of areas of gestural text and marks, geometric diagrams, and open spaces of uncluttered color field - many inclusions so small as to be only seen with close examination. This broad system of visual and symbolic imagery is an offering to the rational mind and to the contemplative spirit.
Some of my long running interests involve the intersections of art and theoretical physics - the poetic questions posed by both disciplines. Recently my investigations have involved Carl Jung and James Hillman’s use of alchemy as a language for the transformation of the psyche. Using the Latin descriptor that alchemy employs, images are utriusque capax (each capable of both), signifying that light and dark, the conscious and unconscious, and matter with spirit are conjoined. These ideas circle me back to the frontier’s edge – grounded with the known and the tangible, and deeply speculating the limitless potentialities beyond. - Lynda Lowe, Artist Statement, 2021