Artist Statement

Making art is key for me. It is my way of communicating personal vision using developed visual language.

I approach my work in a non-traditional way. My academic background is in both two and three dimensions and I am currently walking the fine line that sometimes conjoins them.

Ceramics started it. Transforming earth, water, fire and air into something expressive struck me as magical. And, over the years that process has had it’s way with me.

I love honesty in materials. This is certainly true in my past and present work. When possible, rust, fire, copper, graphite and other mark making tools and materials are used in their purest form. Copper, steel and bronze powders are left to present as themselves but are also transformed using chemical applications in the form of different patinas. These  materials and methods are my usual vehicles when painting and drawing.

Creating fills me with a sense of accomplishment and has proven valid for translating inner vision into outer reality. I paint from the inside out.

I am fortunate to live on the amazingly beautiful Central Coast of California. Inspired by a sense of continuity in my surroundings and the inter-connected web between all things natural, I am working on many "series" currently.  Although they appear very different from one another, they are all tied together utilizing this "common thread" I speak of.  The ever present natural continuity and patterns I witness in nature. I love working in the tradition of "series"  as it allows for one piece leading naturally into the next. Content is derived from a conceptual liminal thought where my hope is to give each new piece strength that the previous piece did not have. This is where I have allowed some imagery to take center stage but know it is the sum of the parts that becomes the work. It is all connected!

Aleah Koury