Topography: Diving Deeper Artist Statement

“Topography: Diving Deeper” 

Artist Statement 

Featured work in this solo show is a culmination of the previous three years of experimentation, transition and introspection in cold wax and oil. Since stepping away from environmental advocacy and being diagnosed with a life changing, incurable illness, I’ve spent the last three years adjusting to the new normal in my own daily routine, never mind the pandemic chaos or the rapidly destabilizing climate– both predicted; finding my joy and gratitude at the end of the world is now the only goal I have. 

I’ve been painting for as long as I can remember, or at least since as a kid I would role play the part of an artist, exclaiming that when I grew up, I would be an artist.. I graduated from SIU in 1996 with a BFA, specializing in Fine Arts-Painting, but only recently began to focus on creating a career with my paintings. 

Layers of cold wax and oil allow for luscious textures, and subtle nuisances of color, a veil if you like, of the all that lives underneath the surface from the previous studio day. I think this is the most seductive medium I’ve ever had the pleasure of playing with. Most of my artwork since the 90’s has been bright, colorful landscapes, but I have become intrigued with abstract concepts, shapes, textures and subtle colors more recently. There is such freedom, dare I say joy, by not conforming to the reality around me! I look forward to expanding this abstract series and where it will take me. 

Several pieces on display are to honor Missing and Murdered Indigneous People. #MMIP series are being sold with all proceeds going to raise funds for my friend Cedar, who is fighting cancer for the second year. Cedar is an Anishabee and Two Spirit person. The red in each painting is symbolic of missing and stolen Indigenous People. It stands for the oppression and subjugation of Native people everywhere. This body of work will continue for as long as my dear friend Cedar needs funds. 

I hope you enjoy my latest work as much as I enjoyed making it. 

Tabitha Tripp 

Several pieces on display are to honor Missing and Murdered Indigneous People. #MMIP series are being sold with all proceeds going to raise funds for my friend Cedar, who is fighting cancer for the second year. Cedar is an Anishabee and Two Spirit person. The red in each painting is symbolic of missing and stolen Indigenous People. It stands for the oppression and subjugation of Native people everywhere. This body of work will continue for as long as my dear friend Cedar needs funds. 

I hope you enjoy my latest work as much as I enjoyed making it. 

Tabitha Tripp