Chris Casali: Statement
Chris Casali’s process driven practice employs an exploratory and intuitive approach to the creation of highly detailed and considered paintings. Her work, guided by the gesture of abstract expressionism, considers the influence of the external world on the internal self.
Her practice does not conform to a particular theoretic framework, rather she is guided by various personal experiences and memories as well as her ongoing fascination with detail. Her deep understanding of the materiality of paint allows her works to evolve dramatically over time. She straddles the tension between push and pull in her abstract marks on the canvas until a form is finally revealed. This form often hints towards the natural environment and fractured landscapes that are now obscured and disconnected in form.
This process navigates the depiction of the conscious and subconscious, it also hints towards an active withdrawal from the world, a coping mechanism that uses meditative practices that are both emotional and intuitive. While the detail in the works created by layered and deliberate marks can overwhelm the viewer, they also pose invitation to their experiences and interpretation.