Passage II

Passage II


Rhea Cutillo

(Collegeville, Pennsylvania) 

Oil on Linen 

My work is a search for open space both internally and externally. I am captivated by the freedom of vast landscapes; venturing into the unknown is my greatest pleasure. At the crux of my creative process is an ambiguity of identity. Absence and presence coexist. My paintings are meant to be expansions of space into the immaterial, cerebral, and emotional realms. My works, too, explore our unique position coined as the Anthropocene. Where in the world does open space still exist without political or industrial control? In our contemporary, man-made, environmental crisis it is not just the biosphere that is disappearing, but our history, heritage, and communion with the land in question as well. I experience painting as an intellectual activity but with the immediate act as intrinsic and intuitive. I paint from a space of internal submission, though with a decisive vision leading the image. There is a conversation between using the medium to my will and letting the medium lead me.