Chris Mesarch

Artist’s statement (2015):

I usually create some sort of order in my pieces to create a structure within which to work. That is why I was so drawn to fanmaking and why I went to Japan to learn how to make folding paper and bamboo fans. I was a fanmaker for 15 years, painting, making, and showing my fans. Gradually I went from small folding fans to large-scale fan shaped wall pieces. I still use the order and restrictions of the folds as a point of reference. Within that order I can explore many different kinds of ideas and images. I also have painted many diptychs, again using the boundaries imposed by having two halves work off each other similar to the way I used the folds of the fan.