"Where we choose to put our focus has been a long term interest of mine. What gets our attention?? What surrounds us? The person next to us? The electronic device we hold?? Most of my life people didn’t use phones in public. It’s so common now, it hardly registers. But something about the gesture of talking into a device held in your hand fascinates me and I am particularly entranced by soft light illuminating a face in darkness. It brings magic to the ordinary.
It’s so human to connect. The younger generation’s particular obsession with using electronic devices to do so represents for me a quickening of the collective consciousness. My son often tells me a breaking news story he has just been “tweeted” before my TV or radio. “Connecting” seems to be speeding up.
Recently I connected, in an old school way, to the work of some Old Masters viewed while visiting Spain last fall. This has rekindled one of my first art-making loves; juicy mark-making. It had been in remission while I focused on using wax to create the illusion of light. Now I’m inspired to partner energetic marks with waxy light-evoking effects. Both do their part to emphasize the emotions of my images .These techniques have been around for centuries before the electronic age and using them to depict the study of modern communication feels fitting and even poignant when studying how human it is to connect. Isn’t that what painting does as well?" Laura Ross-Paul, May 2012