I work in series and sets of mathematical multiples to best explore topics arising in my questioning mind and critical practice. My paintings and prints address the socio-political issues of age and gender through a style that combines my childhood interest in patchwork quilt designs with geometric and contemporary abstract art; and a style that combines my youthful enthusiasms with my mature deliberations in large, expressive blocks of color and sweeping lines.
Contact: Deborah Sears
309 Lady MacDonald Crescent
Three To The Power Of Three
By Deborah Sears
The nine pieces comprise the one, whole artwork. It is a variation on a set of three
themes each consisting of three parts. The first theme is the primary colors. The second
theme is the first pure painting mix of the primary colors, the secondary colors. The third
theme is the three primary regular shapes, the equilateral triangle, the square, and the
circle as put forward by Bauhaus artists. I randomly assigned the three regular shapes to
squares of color.
I choose to square-up six, four foot by three foot canvases, and three, three foot by
six foot canvases into three foot by three foot squares. I also positioned a diagonal line
across the center of each of the squares. I alternated the left and right directions of the
diagonal line such that when viewed across squares, the lines zig-zag in a peak and valley
The usual form that geometric paintings are depicted is with hard edges, sharp
angles, and flat colors. I chose to add expressionist abstract elements to this artwork by
adding brush textures, broken palette knife strokes, and trespassed edges, all on the same
undercoating showing through the picture plane and featured on the canvas edges. The
Op Art illusion remains.
Six of the canvases are two inches deep and three of them are three inches deep.
When hung, a vertigo-type of visual effect is created as the colors and figures at different
distances from the viewer seem to move in and out and out and in. The added ledge from
which the canvases are draped, tilts the deeper canvases further forward, creating the
appearance of three-dimensionality.