Artwork #57

Family Car II

by Alicia Philley, Council District 5

Acrylic on birch panel, 2019

Courtesy of the Artist

This series of paintings is inspired by the intense sunsets of Austin, photographed by my daughter as we drove home from after-school activities. I use wood panels, shimmering acrylics and masking tape to create paintings filled with illusory movement. Highlighting the wood grain with bright colors inspired by Texas plants, bodies of water and landscapes, the resulting patterns form a negative space with atmospheric depth. These grain lines also work as a type of map to follow or work against; an ongoing dialogue about our relationship with nature and the struggle to find balance as our climate changes.