by MJ Blanchette
18"x18" oil on panel
These wave paintings reflect the near constant battle in my work: to find that space that exists between two things: chaos & order, energy & calm, figurative & abstract. Living near the ocean, it’s only natural that the Atlantic would influence my work in one way or another, even when it’s not the intention; at least not in terms of the bucolic seascape. Rather, the essence, energy, spatial relationships — even abstract mark-making — have a greater meaning for me than the form of the wave itself. From that perspective, the image subject could be almost anything."