Artist’s Statement — Tim Stone

I use paint palpably to convey that which is real, viscous, and undeniable. I also use paint to fabricate illusion, to present the viewer with an uncanny version of the spaces I experience physically and through devices. My work is bemusedly real and fake in order to reflect the conflict of our current reality where realness is confusingly debatable. There is tension between the ordinary and the superlative and between what is natural and artificial. I utilize painting and “the landscape” specifically as a visual tool to explore and depict the destructive forces affecting both our physical and social landscapes such as wildfires and misinformation. My colors are tempestuous to represent this pernicious narrative. Through painting, I am able to both investigating and celebrating the power of mark and process, representing the liminal space we occupy between what is real and what is not.