Virginia Bradley: Pouring Molten Pewter

Virginia Bradley Studio Series

Abstract painter Virginia Bradley invites us into her studio to share some of the alchemical processes of her painting practice and a more detailed look at the thought process behind this piece Catena 4, which is part of a series consisting of 7 paintings. We are witnessing how she is pouring pewter on a detail of the painting. Catena, refers to related moments or an interlocking chain. In the context of my work, Catena spoke to the chain of chemical reactions and physical engagements that are the continuum of my painting and life. The Catena Series began in August 2020. The Series traverses a wide territory with the common denominator being a horizon that is sometimes obvious or buried beneath the surface of the image. The Catena Series is comprised of eight 48” x 36” x 2.5” birch panels. The works began under a tree as I prepared the surfaces in the beautiful Berkshire summer sun. Catena 4 began with pouring molten pewter into a symbolic carving. A chance biomorphic form emerged above the horizon. The painting became an organic adventure into a new multilayered, surrealistic image.