John Bunker interviews painter Sabine Tress about her work. Sabine Tress: Run Run Painter Run is on view at Appels Gallery, Amsterdam through July 4, 2014.
Tress comments: "I think I am more and more looking for a personalised version of painting. And above all I want my work to reflect a very individual view and complex emotions. I don’t know if my work does that but I am attracted by works that do that, plainly speaking... I’d like to work a lot more on bigger formats. Physically, it’s a challenge. The huge format I worked on recently… I had to get on a chair in order to reach nearer to the top. Small formats can be challenging too as I need to control my actions much more. The bigger formats on the other hand, allow me to ‘slam the paint’ on, I have more freedom to experiment, leave the canvas ‘empty’ on certain areas. Bigger formats allow me to have more of a dialogue with the painting. It’s like a person or a presence standing there. It also feels more like creating a very personal reality, something that stands its ground. I imagine sometimes that if I could paint lots of big formats and that I would then be able to live in this painted environment."
Paul Behnke photo blogs the progress of Sabine Tress' painting My Beautiful Valentine (2013).
Tress comments: "My work is more and more based on experimenting. It evolves through the working process which leaves a lot of room for changes and surprises. The piece 'My beautiful Valentine' is one of my latest paintings and it is quite big, 220x200cm... I wanted it to be light and open and at the same time bold and impressive. It´s also very tricky because although I want to experiment I also want harmony in the painting and finish it quickly."
An extended conversation between painters Phillip J. Mellen and Sabine Tress.
Asked about her approach to painting Tress comments: "I just start and the paintings, they evolve through the painting process. I think that's the exciting bit about painting for me, you just start somewhere and see where it takes you. And that freedom to decide spontaneously what you want to do or what you don't want to do, really that's a big motivation for me to paint."
After answering questions about her own work and practice, Tress turns the tables on interviewer Mellen and asks him about his own painting.
Edited by artist Brett Baker, Painters' Table highlights writing from the painting blogosphere as it is published and serves as a platform for exploring blogs that focus primarily on the subject of painting.