My Recent Work
Some of My Recent Works
As a painter who works alone, I was unhindered by the imposed isolation of Covid-19. In fact, it allowed me to really zero in on my studio practice. Here is a small sampling of works completed during this period.
“Unbidden” Acrylic, oil, and oil pastel on collaged canvas, 61 x 46″.
This painting stands out for me in part because of its use of text, which is unusual for me. In general, the painting feels like a puzzle even to me, and the fragments of text add to that sense of mystery and a message that is trying to come forth.
Mixed media with paper on collaged canvas, 72 x 71″.
This painting feels closely connected to an earlier body of work which more directly referenced graffiti and street art. Some of the lyrical forms in this painting echo street art tags, while the diversity of ideas expressed through many patches get at notions of decay, history, and many voices layered one over another.
Acrylic, oil, glitter, spray paint, and grommets on collaged canvas, 70 x 60″.
To me, this painting is about perception and how each of us sees. It is an extremely complex painting, offering views within views within views of a shattering world. Large areas of pale yellow, along with a band of equally spaced grommets across the center give the viewer a point of reference and a place to rest.
Acrylic and glitter glue on canvas, 76 x 60″.
More than anything, I think this painting is about energy–avian, floral, tonal, emotional. It is buoyant and alive and in a continual state of expansion.
Acrylic and oil on collaged canvas, 72 x 49″.
This painting can barely contain itself within the rectangle. It is about the potency of natural, geologic forces, light, ways of seeing, and color, color, color.
“In their visual sophistication and experiential presence, Cheney’s works give rise to an experience; her works unfold under the viewer’s close attention, viscerally, and in some duration, as a seed might germinate in the presence of the sun. The viewer’s process of seeing the paintings mirrors the artist’s process of making them. Seeing them is physical. To see them is to watch them undergoing their subtle shifts of material and topography in a push-pull relationship: they draw you in, and like the palette knife excavates the layers below, they scrape you away.”
– Amy Rahn, Ph.D, Asst. Professor of Art History & Charles Danforth Gallery Director, University of Maine at Augusta
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