The images in my paintings are of observed and imagined places where one can be in relationship with others and the world and the self. Made in a meticulous way, deliberately arranged, the paintings call attention to a tradition of craft and beauty that highlight, through the making, practices of slowness and care. My use of scale, proportion, pattern and subtly shifting color are visual elements that create a slight perceptual and physical dislocation, similar to encountering a one hundred year old bonsai tree.

These paintings are places where many kinds of time overlap. Concrete and ephemeral. There but not there. Phenomenon and mirage. Places at the intersection of time and timelessness.

Gail Spaien

September 2023