Linda A. Day
In 2005 I initiated the CORONA Series. In these paintings the horizontal structure and corresponding stripes of the earlier paintings has been substituted by the vertical, the rhythmic “ruptures” are omitted, and a symmetrical composition is employed, thereby implicating the figure onto the vertical field. This simplified structure illuminates the interior and center of the painting. As the maker, I focused on the edges created by each vertical band of color, adjusting each band’s width and the color contrast between them in order to create a rhythmic movement that moves towards the center– and then out – and in.
We speak of “inspiration,” and the word should be taken literally. There really is inspiration and expiration of Being, action and passion so slightly discernible that it becomes impossible to distinguish between who sees and who is seen, who paints and what is painted.1
My intention is to focus on that physical reciprocity between the painting and the viewer. The scale and proportions of the CORONA paintings echo that of the body while the use of rhythmically repeated vertical bands of color create the visual experience of breath: as the space moves in and out so does our breathing torso.