What is the movement like once you begin smoke painting? Are there challenges working with these materials?
I make each rolling tool cater to the specifics of my body. during the design phase, I focus on movement, weight, and size. The tools must be as light as possible, perform well, and be easy for me to manage. I re-sculpt some tools many times altering the design until it fits me well. When I use a tool, I become connected to it and its motion. The movement is very fluid and unified.
Smoke is sensitive to weather. Atmospheric changes have a say in determining the characteristics of a painting's image and color tones. Over time, I've learned to embrace the weather as best I can when creating my paintings.
In addition to the use of color and kaleidoscopic effect, bright colors also appear to be central to the Smoke Paintings. How do you use and explore color? Is there an element of collage in some of these works?
Color is so important. It takes time and a lot of patience to paint with colored smoke because there are many variables in the process that determine and influence color. I mentioned weather and atmosphere, but also the characteristics of the fireworks and tools themselves. Then, there is my role within the process and the decisions that I make while in the moment. Colored smoke fireworks are sold in basic colors with little variety: red, yellow, green, orange, pink, purple, and blue. The Smoke Painting tools and containers I've designed allow for color mixing within the chambers creating shifting hues and saturations. The longer the color smoke settles on the paper, the deeper and more saturated the color gets. When I work on a painting, it tells me which areas need to be opened up. I respond through collage. I cut and gather paper color work, overlapping and changing forms. I then respond to my collage decisions using my tools and containers. This action is repeated may times, gradually creating a painting with dimensional space that's rich with color.