SPOON’s process begins as she composes the subject, building it one dot at a time. Often she does not know what the end result will be until it’s complete, but trusts in the graphic “language” she developed early on to guide her. The beauty in not knowing the end result is that her finished product can still surprise her. As in most languages, there are many ways to say the exact same thing. She would describe it as:
“ASSEMBLING A PUZZLE WITHOUT EVER SEEING THE BOX. YOU KNOW YOU’VE GOT THE PIECES IN FRONT OF YOU, BUT IT’S JUST A MATTER OF FIGURING OUT HOW THEY WANT TO GO TOGETHER.”
This composition is then used as a guide to create the actual painting. Her painted backgrounds typically consist of at least 3-4 layers of paint spread with a 3” palette knife. Traditional wisdom would say that her knife is undersized for most of the large scale work she creates now, but it’s the one she’s used since day 1 and they just know each other. SPOON then creates her signature dots using a variety of tools with different diameters, but it’s the manner in which she applies paint that influences size and texture, making each dot innately unique. Just like her finished paintings,
SPOON’s process is composed of seemingly simple elements that combine to illustrate a much more complex narrative.