KIMBERLY BALLA 

Artist Statement

Cilia-like protrusions radiate outwards into an ocean of liquid glazes. Swirling patterns of flowing paint and metallic sediment settle into a loosely controlled composition. Layers of glazed paint and sediment simulate a depth which reaches beyond the surface. A discovery and manipulation of a technique which captures a chemical process, freezing it in time.

My paintings are about a chemical process of approaching paint. I use the paint and chemical materials in a way which is similar to a natural process, though it does not take thousands of years to complete. I focus on how the paint can move and change itself and how I can manipulate that change.

I am interested in experimentation in order to get patterns and textures that are unusual to me. Thinking about paint in a chemical way allows me to create these unfamiliar textures. By trial and error, I have discovered an exciting process which creates iridescent atmospheric designs. By mixing various painting mediums I have developed a blend of liquids that chemically react with each other to create unique patterns and contours. I carefully mix oozing liquids into one another and watch as the forms magically appear and change before my eyes. I observe as my brush moves through the liquid surface signaling a reaction, which I have come to know, and harness as my own. I become mesmerized watching the twinkling sediments as they emerge and submerge in the pooling liquids. This process of glazing and manipulating the watery chemical layers assists in creating a deep other worldly surface.