Patricia Rucker: Artist Statement
Look into the stains of walls, or the ashes of fire, or clouds or mud or like places, in which, if you consider them well, you may find really marvelous ideas. The mind of the painter is stimulated to new discoveries; because, by indistinct things the mind is stimulated to new invention.
– Leonardo da Vinci
Human beings tend to assemble images because of apophenia, the tendency to attribute meaning to perceived connections or patterns between seemingly unrelated things. My paintings begin from a monoprinting process similar to creating inkblots. During the process of folding, and printing on the TerraSkin surface, I have been able to manipulate acrylic paint to create presumptive impressions . . . things and places lodged in memory.
Image attached: Patricia Rucker, Cache, acrylic on TerraSkin, 38” x 28”