Paintings

My 2009 exhibition, “Wu-Wei (a Chinese Taoist concept which translates as “to allow”), was the true beginning of my newest body of work. “To allow” means allowing a painting process to become a meditation in accepting results without resistance, judgment, or expectation. It begins with pouring paint on a canvas which is lying flat on the ground and witnessing its involuntary progression across the canvas to determine the resulting artwork. In times of intense focus, the paint would strike me as animate, imbued with free will and tendencies of its own. Over the past several years my practice moved on from the rigidity and defined boundaries of the canvas, I sought novel new solutions which led to my 2010 series, “Paroxysm.” For my newest body of work, “Permutation,”  I feel that I was able to create works that manifested the willfulness of paint that I had glimpsed, years before, while creating “Wu-Wei.” 

Paintings

Finding opportunity, comfort and emotion in the Taoist concept of "Wu-Wei," (which translates approximately to, "to allow") Kennedy initially used this principle to support her process, and let it echo in her practice. Her ritual of pouring paint onto a flat-lying canvas, witnessing its involuntary progression and expansion, became a meditation in accepting results without resistance, judgment, or expectation. Since rooting herself in this concept, Kennedy has unbounded her work and allowed the paint to run ever-freer; she no longer restricts her work to the canvas' edges but rather allows the paint to determine its end. This matured perspective is responsible for Kennedy's latest body of work, "Permutation," (2016) which appreciates the willfulness of paint that she'd first realized in 2009, while creating "Wu-Wei."

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