Angela Heisch’s geometric paintings are the result of revealing and concealing; pulling things forward, pushing things back. “For the most part, this involves taking information away, such as blackening out a once brightly colored line, or covering an entire space with these linear systems I’ve been working with lately,” Heisch described her artistic process in an interview with Maake Magazine.
Using lines, shapes, shifts in texture and gradients, as well as elements of illusion, her paintings result in a mesmerizing effect, with the finished product something between surrealism and mysticism.
“For the most part my process is an intuitive one,” said Heisch. “Usually this involves a few ideas, such as color restrictions and combinations I might give myself, or something the painting will feature (such as a shape that looks as if it’s in motion, is standing upright, or is covered in specks).”
Each painting usually begins with a wash of bright colors, often full of texture. These colors and textures are then covered up, only to re-emerge much later in the process. “I like how the unveiling of this forgotten and often incompatible component throws me a bit off course,” she says. “It’s funny, most of the time these areas are pushed to the far background, covered up, or in the end aren’t all that noticeable; but it never fails to force me to change directions, or at least avoid heading in such a straight line.”
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