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Sweetwater roundabout, geometric western





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Sweetwater Roundabout, pigments and acrylic on canvas 140 X 144 X 6, 2023. Jessica Moritz


Once upon a time... every painting starts like this or maybe should.


Sometimes I am nostalgic about colors, or format should I say.

I always enjoyed Western movies. I need to be specific so that you can see the different dimensions it takes me to invite you.


So a little about cinema history, spaghetti western, most of these movies were using the technicolor process.

(

Technicolor. / (ˈtɛknɪˌkʌlə) / noun. trademark the process of producing color film using superimposing synchronized films of the same scene, each of which has a different color filter, to obtain the desired mix of color.)








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Technicolor dye formula tests, 1938. Courtesy Eastman Museum

The use of this technique gives this saturation of colors by superposition.

Simultaneously, I have vivid memories of the narrative and director's choices: minimal frames, the rhythm in sequences, camera positions, pace between landscape, characters, and music.

Inspiration can come from unexpected places, right ?!




Now, what if I adapt this perspective to my vision?

Well, I tried.

The approach is minimal, as a glimpse between blinks.

We often underestimate the silence, or breathing in painting, which I truly enjoy in Western movies. This is how you create momentum or suspense.



As an Abstract landscape, The painting is taking place in the west, you can hear a rolling hay, see a blinding light, and follow the movement around.

I am not really interested in painting realities, yours or mine. Visions and utopian worlds seem more relevant in our reality.

We sometimes need just a different perspective to look back and move forward.






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