“Hot Stuff”
by Sheila Hecht


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Acrylic on canvas, 10″ x 8″

My paintings give evidence of my passionate approach to finding visual correlates to strongly felt experience. My painterly textures are intensely visceral and the compositions are dynamic. Yet I am for a rhythmic flow, an equilibrium between tumult and composure.
The act of painting is a sensual experience for me, and often produces surfaces that prominently display the action of my hand. Procedures with brushes and palette knives include thick and thin strokes, layering hues and scraping some away to reveal underlying color. My method includes both drawing upon spontaneous intuition and deliberate reworking. These paintings come out of sensations felt through my body. These new compositions incorporate space more distinctly as a counterpoint to my engaged gesturalism. It serves a function akin to that of rests between chords.
Beyond the painting voluptuousness of a composition, I want my abstractions to capture a feeling. They reflect my desire to discover and communicate both visual and life experience. I strive to convey a direct and pure response in a work that is at once stimulating and contemplative.