Axis Series

I have an odd love affair with grout. Inspired by my fascination with grout as a substance, I started using it in my work. I begin with a thin layer of grout on sanded pastel paper. I carve the lines into the moist white grout and let it dry. When it is totally dry, I fill the carved areas with black grout and then sponge it off. The result is a stained surface that influences what I do next. Responding to the marks that the grout has provided, I use thin glazes of oil paint to color the surface.