Artist Talk: Jim Giddings
In connection with the exhibit Out of the Shadows: Paintings by Jim Giddings, the artist discusses his work.
“For me, painting is a path to discovery. When I begin a painting I have no idea what will develop. My ideas change throughout the process; the process changes my ideas. For a number of years I have placed simply rendered images — letters of the alphabet, numbers, and the silhouettes of men or animals — in an abstract setting. My surfaces are richer and more heavily worked than earlier work. I apply and remove paint, predominantly oil stick, over and over again until I have created an environment suitable for the figures to inhabit. I like to see how they react within their boundaries. My people don’t pose; they simply sit or walk around. I can only guess at their stories.” — Jim Giddings