Pattern and repetition of forms is a subject that I’ve pursued for decades.  This new set of paintings called

The Structure Series began as an inspiration of the urban environment in which I dwell.  The rhythmic geometric and

architectural shapes that I view from the studio window were  rehabilitated into this series of paintings.  As the series has continued, I now realize that these paintings are a platform for the emotional and creative states that I experience  as an artist and a human being.

 
My works are visceral and unplanned. The process and the creative journey is what drives me to make new

paintings.  I view the Structure Series as a metaphor for the conflicting times in which we live.  Social, political,

personal, and economic upheaval is always experienced, processed and then restructured.  These paintings

examine the constructs of intellect and emotion through the repetitive use of the square, how it is presented

and organized, and how color characterizes the psychology of the works.  The honed images from my visual

vocabulary are made using straight edges and palette knives. Without the advantage of a brush, I create a

connection instead between the straight edge and the hand.  I can develop the emotional balance through

color and the momentum of frenetic or calm, claustrophobic or spatial through the repetition, layering and

organization of shapes.

Iris Kufert-Rivo