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About the Artist
Lynne Taetzsch’s contemporary abstract paintings have been widely shown in solo and group exhibitions. Collectors throughout the world describe her work as vibrant, exciting, and brilliant. Taetzsch studied fine art at Cooper Union in New York City, the University of Southern California, and the University of California in Los Angeles. She currently works out of her studio in the Finger Lakes region of New York State.
"When I paint I am standing in the desert alone, facing the vast horizon, the pale gradations of sand--sand-colored rock, sand-colored plants, sand-colored sky. There is nowhere to look for relief."
"I work on a canvas in layers over days or weeks. Acrylic is the perfect medium for me because it dries fast. I work quickly while the paint is wet, covering the whole canvas. The next day I rework it. The painting’s past affects its present, leaving traces and influences that subtly or dramatically guide what happens next."
"When I go to the blank canvas it is upright on an easel. I paint standing up, with my stereo blasting anything from Dave Brubeck’s “Take Five,” Laurie Anderson’s “Strange Angels,” Leonard Cohen’s “I’m Your Man,” to “El Condor Pasa,” flute music from the Andes. The rhythms, beats and patterns I hear create a mood that is reflected in the lines, shapes and colors on my canvas. It is an active process that demands a looseness and openness to whatever might happen."
"I dig deep for the pains and passions--the inexplicable energy and exhaustion of daily life--to express them in a large gesture. I struggle with the canvas, building it up and breaking it down. Very often a hideous accident occurs: the paint does not flow evenly from the tube; colors clash in vibrant abandon; irregular drips and splotches dot the surface. My eye is offended by what it sees."
"My desire is to tease this ugliness, this unlikely blend of colors and shapes, this painting’s lurid history, into a visual symphony. I foreground the ghosts of a painting’s past, highlight the error of its ways, coax its indeterminism into strength of purpose. Look closely and you will see a mess. Stand back and the painting’s organic life plays out in front of you."
"There is always a tension between abandon and control. It is a risk to let the brush or palette knife sweep across the canvas without knowing what will happen. Sometimes the result is an amazing gift, but more often it is a challenge that requires much patient looking to see what the painting requires in order to complete itself."
"Space is there to be enclosed and disclosed—defined or defiled by line, shaped and misshaped by form, and teased into revelation through color. Form. Line. Color. Some days we dance together, some days we engage in a bloody fistfight."
"The painting session is over. The paint dries.
The next day I start again."
Solo, group, and juried exhibitions:
2003 - Fifteenth Anniversary Invitational, State
of the Art Gallery, Ithaca, New York