Kim Squaglia

Artist Statement

My work is based in abstract painting and includes a variety of forms and materials. This work employs various means of containment, manipulation, replication, and mirroring to create overlapping associations with landscape, scientific display, and the process and products of the natural world.

My primary technique consists of multiple layers of meticulously painted forms within transparent layers of resin. The surface may remain glossy or be sanded for a matte finish depending on the level of transparency desired. Within areas of flat color, recurring biological-like forms appear and disappear with the gradation of color that subtly change hues as they expand from their structural centers. I am interested in perceptual aspects of color, in which layering and gradual hue changes creates the illusion of space, and movements such as breathe and pulsation.

These interests are consolidated in my most recent work, ongoing bodies of paintings derived from silhouetted and mirrored landscape drawings, the immersion of organic materials within resin, and manipulation of lace-like, biological designs. The resulting images reside somewhere between representation and abstraction, and between scientific illustration and science fiction, suggesting the preservation and display of odd biological specimens or inter-planetary life.

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Kim Squaglia - <b>Cosom</b>, 2012, oil and resin on wood panel, 48 x 48 inches
Kim Squaglia - <b>Eucalypt (Orange)</b>, 2012, oil and resin on wood panel, 60 x 60 inches
Kim Squaglia - <b>Unrequited</b>, 2012, oil and resin on wood panel, 60 x 60 inches