Life is not a straight line
Diana Carey’s paintings are painted with a gestural technique; throwing, splattering and dripping numerous layers of acrylic house paint onto prone canvas using brushes and sticks. The paintings subject matter is nature. The technique is abstract, the style, impressionism.
Many of the works are over eight feet. By virtue of size and technique the viewer is led into the tangled threads and splatters of paint to discover the substance and feel of the subject matter, the essence of the painted, formed amidst the perceived chaos of drips and splashes. A performance art visualized with impasto effect, one whose outcome is immediately recognized as being rendered with intent, without intention rendering technique. There is an element of unpredictability, due to the technique, which allows for the perceived chaos to coalesce into image.
What may initially appear to be simple tosses of paint, is actually quite difficult. Numerous times paintings have been discarded because the work had not come together correctly to create the interpretational essence envisioned by the artist, which is the feel of the image, not a photographic representation. The emotions invoked when one experiences that subject or environment, in a personal as well as universal manner, is what the artist strives to attain.
”In this body of work, referencing art history, one is astonished to consider the possibility that Carey has wrest the technique of Pollock back to visual purpose of Seurat, using splattered brushwork as Seurat made use of the dot to quest after capturing fully life and nature in a kind of abstract impressionist painting” essay Robert Mahoney, NY art critic