"Our current American reality is capricious. Each new sunrise throws light on a new set of circumstances with which we must try to digest and respond. Our world continues to rock back and forth in terms of political and cultural shifts that make us question our own ethical compass. In the studio I find stability in the horizon, I have been making small painted sketches that relate to the landscape. They all seemed to begin with a line. I am reaching for what is concrete and consistent. My paintings begin with that line that sometimes shifts and reasserts itself throughout a composition. The foreground slides into the background and the line wanders in and out of focus. In the process, space becomes interpretive to the viewer. My work is developed through layered compositions that cover and reveal the history of my process. In describing my new work to a colleague I realized that the commonality was a sense of balance. And as I move through space and interact with new people I realize that we are all, in some way, in the pursuit of balance."
Elaine Florimonte is an artist and educator currently working in the suburban Washington, DC area.