“I paint in acrylics with my fingers. For the past twenty years, this has been the most consistent element in how my work is made. My most recent work incorporates painting onto paper adhered to canvas or wood – the contraction and expansion of the paper in reaction to that process creates the “crinkling” effect observable on many of the surfaces. I’ve also begun experimenting with applying paint by using transparent glazing layers. Mixing tiny amounts of color with an acrylic gel medium and applying one sheer color at a time is what accounts for the smooth, optically blended images. It’s also likely what causes many viewers to assume my work has been done in oil.
On a contextual level, my paintings in the past several years have been steeped in a thematic “aboutness” revolving largely around the experience of trauma. Specifically, they narrate a series of events in my life I did not expect to recover from, and in that way, this work is deeply personal. Great difficulty, loss and salvation, however, I have found to be universal constructs for those who will recognize them. This work seeks to connect and honor those who do and have survived.” – Lavely Miller-Kershman