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Rema Ghuloum

Los Angeles, CA
2010 MFA Grant Recipient

Artist's Statement (2013)

My painting practice shows a system based on looking, walking, time, the function of memory, mimesis, and how these ideas relate to the tradition of painting. Walking in urban and natural environments becomes a vehicle for focus and observation. The everyday experience of noticing informs my process of making. I have created strategies for making paintings out of the act of recalling visual observations from everyday experience, from paintings and three-dimensional constructions that I have made, as well as from modern/contemporary paintings that I have seen. Time, color, and material constraints control this process, but arriving at a painting/construction is more important than the finished product. I make drawings, paintings, painted constructions, and installations that become the visual language that generates subsequent work.

  • Cosmic Studio (after 12/22/12), 2012, oil on canvas, 53 x 47 inches.

  • Floating World (green), 2012, oil & acrylic on canvas, 23 x 20 inches.

  • Pile of Tracks, 2012, oil and acrylic on canvas, 53 x 47 inches.

  • Point of Conception...., 2012, oil and acrylic on canvas, 53 x 47 inches.

  • Barn Sediment (detail), 2012, mixed media on pre-existing wall.

All works are copyright of the artist or artist’s estate.