GINNY SYKES
Finding Space

Finding Space Sept 12-Nov 1 Chicago Art Source Gallery
1871 N Clybourn
Opening reception Sept 12 5-8pm

Finding Space is a reflection on my need for physical and psychological spaciousness: in life, in perspective, and spiritually. Making room for the ebb and flow as opposed to ‘a pushing’ at life. This direction followed in part a prolonged illness during which I had to rethink how I could live and sustain my work. Space is a container, metaphysically and metaphorically. With spaciousness one can receive, rejuvenate, reflect, think. Without it there is panic, defense, a lack of time. Re-rooting my body and work within nature has helped me heal, and hints of nature began to show up my abstractions.

The work in Finding Space veers toward observation, collapsing the space between my lived and perceptual experience and the abstracted performance of my responses, yet it is an essence rather than depiction of nature I am after. I use abstraction to communicate symbolic content, fusing gestural layering with texture, transparency and light. I like what Fairfield Porter once wrote about deKooning’s abstractions, that they "release human significances that cannot be expressed verbally".
I too am interested in releasing painting’s possibilities to create spaces that contain and are metaphors for the nature of subtlety, nuance, and mystery.