In my landscapes and other subject matter, I make use of photos to refresh my memory and better mimic the atmosphere. The general interpretation of landscape, reflected in a discovery of perspective and variations of color against the ever-changing liquidity of the sky, is one of the main sources for the invented forms and symbolism included in my paintings.
Earth with all its different substances became a metaphor for life and how I relate to my own body and how the body is an instrument in experiencing life. The awareness is reflected in the physicality of the brushwork where the journey starts at the bottom of the painting and takes the viewer along hidden obstacles into an imaginary space on the path of the roads.
The use of the materials, oils, oil crayon, raw pigment and graphite was to me the ultimate tool for direct expression within my work.
I discovered a symbolism in the work that was not only related to geometrical and organic forms. Also, color gave a sense of drama to my paintings. It mattered that I singled out something more mysterious and personal. In the size of the landscape, it began to develop its own mood, which was new to me.
The film of oil paint reflects an extra dimension and liveliness on the picture plane and all that was working and interesting. I intend to push expression, symbolism, narrative, and the translucency of light and its contrasting darkness even further so that I can invent and integrate my own system of thoughts, experiments and investigations into the picture plane and continuously develop my own personal language.
Chaya Kupperman from my thesis M.F.A. New York NY 2006