lola montejo
​My work is a compilation of ideas and reactions to mediums and materials that result in an abstract image. Using a variety of techniques and approaches, I explore the differences between strategy and chance, between intention and accident, and the rational and irrational. Using an additive and reductive painting process; I cut, tear, sand, mask out and pour, slather or roll out paint layers.  The variety of tools and methods I use open my way of working and at the same time create constraints that aid in my discovery.

Uncovering possibilities with self-prescribed confines, I employ different elements of form, color, mark making, and layering. I contrast smooth surfaces against distressed, while allowing the paint to be expressionistic in some areas and controlled in others. I seek to point to contradictory aspects and a visual give-and-take where conflicting forces are interdependent.  Examining the fragmentary, the imperfect, and the unknown, I obtain an instability of form and a state of flux with various layers of paint. The improvisatory passages create painterly events that speak in many intense emotional manifestations.  

I build and deconstruct layers and when it feels like the work needs tension, I commit acts of obliteration, where I paint over large areas or almost the entire previous painting. Or at other times, there are acts of impulsivity, where I tear off layers or make an impromptu gesture, and take the liberty losing it completely. I paint, cover, build, destroy, paint over, reveal, and reestablish the surface. Space is generated by movement and shifting incidents on the canvas which refer to both to literal and suggested motion or change, while touch is what is left behind in thin, heavy, flat, or peeled away, repetitive application of paint. The layers of painted surfaces and the actions combine to produce a shifting of events within an abstract composition. 

Part of the painting can develop fast and are busy, or chaotic, while other parts are slow and more contemplative. The practice is a kind of choreography; a dance between spontaneous and learned behaviors. There is a back and forth between control and risk taking. Both my conscious and unconscious are played out at different times but the finest parts are when I feel with my gut, which I have learned has more nerve ending than the brain or heart. It is about knowing when to embrace expectations, rules, desire, and even fear, but knowing that it is equally as important to tell when to let them go.
The paintings become a process that takes place after certain amount of trials, and those trials create a presence to the work. By relinquishing control, creating obstacles, and even sabotaging the work I gain a further understanding about my creative practice and a way of introducing energy and vitality into my work.