Artist StatementMy work pushes the boundaries and possibilities of painting by exploring the realms between the two- and three-dimensional. The works keep intact the vitality that wet paint possesses as raw material. Flaps of paint that still look wet due to extremely glossy surfaces appear to defy gravity hanging up instead of down. Paint protrudes off surfaces, appearing to ooze or flow as it makes its departure from the two-dimensional picture plane. I am interested in how the heightened physicality of the paint may generate corporeal resonance, and elicit desire or longing. These material explorations of paint have evolved so individual works reference forms resembling either land or artifacts. The land paintings represent land formations – they are abstractions of geological strata, rivers, alluvial fans, and so on. The artifact paintings exist within an archaeological context – an artifact’s use is typically vague or unknown, and the artifact may come from a world other than our own. The specifics are left to the viewer to determine.
Darcie Book was born in Baltimore, Maryland and grew up in Colorado, Texas, and California. She returned to Baltimore and earned her BFA in Painting in 2004 from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Darcie is a Baltimore-based artist whose work explores paint as object and architecture. She has exhibited throughout the United States, and her work is included in collections across the country. She has received numerous grants and awards, and attended the Vermont Studio Center artist residency in 2015.