Garric Simonsen

Spokane, WA, US

The basis of my artistic research explores the possibilities of manipulating surface and materiality. Much of what I draw from creatively transcends everyday experiences. These investigations impact the tactile presence of my paintings, which often incorporate words that reflect social tropes, fragmented narratives or perceptive shifts. An image of trompe l'oeil periodically challenges the viewer's experience of real-life and illusion. Motif, chance operations and the idea of pentimento are at play in varying degrees. Viewers of my artwork experience physical surfaces that suggest chaotic order, revealing visual traces of earlier stages of the painting. Incised lines on wood panels allow for unconventional, sometimes gestural moments when naïve lines and skill converge on an experimental axis.