Roger Green

"I have always been visually fascinated by an object’s surface...whether it was the hand-rubbed patina of a well used puebloan olla or the visual pentimenti created by multiple, torn remnants of previous Chicago subway posters. To me these surfaces exhibit a certain visual history that is associated with an object’s past…they also display unique designs that are captivating in their accidental randomness.

In my work, I have explored a creative process which involves applying multiple layers of color and gesture to produce a desired result. I then destroy the image by completely painting over it. Using an electric sander, I partially grind off the top layer to reveal the under painting beneath. The resulting patina is a record of the painting’s visual history and the multiple stages of my creative act."