Artist Statement: Woven Paintings
Years ago when Rick Minard first experimented with this process of cutting up and weaving paintings together, he was interested in issues of interpersonal relationships. Rick painted figures and saw the process of deciding how much of one figure to show and how much of the other to not show as an allegory to the personal sacrifices we make in an effort to maintain relationships.
With the abstract weavings, Rick chooses to completely step away from the figure. The individual paintings themselves are explorations of color, shade, depth, texture and motion. Cutting up arbitrary abstract forms and weaving them together in a logical pattern is an interesting observation of the interactions between the intended and unintended aspects of daily life. It is human nature to create order. Order gives us comfort. These paintings provide a place to relax amid the chaos.