Why Paper?

Paper has the advantage of immediacy. As a painter who rarely goes back to a painting, I need a very fluid surface to travel across with ease. I am a very direct painter and paper helps to facilitate movement and marking. Paper, by its very nature, is about problem-solving, navigation and reconsideration. Pencil or any marking implement is featured prominently in my work and my notations remain throughout. I paint in oils. The colors are rich but the drawing aspect of the painting is part and parcel of each work, blurring the boundaries between drawing and painting. Lastly, confronting a piece of paper allows me to either problem-solve or crumple it up and start again. I like the “un-precious” quality of paper, and the invitation to work daily on a “tabula rasa.”

Estelle Nussbaum, July 10, 2008