Bernadette Jiyong Frank
Time sets boundaries between one event and the next, yet it connects them in a continuous flow. My work explores the Japanese time-space concept of ma, which refers to the blankness or empty space between objects or events, the silence between notes of music, or thoughts, or moments. In my studio, the process of painting also takes a conceptual form. Time is very much engraved in the slow ritual of applying multiple layers of translucent paint. Day after day, I regard the meditative application of each layer as an act of creating a space, which multiplies over time and eventually creates dimensionality. I am interested in developing sensory experiences through the physicality and visual expressiveness of my work. The viewer can enter into imagined intervals in time and find meaning in the between-spaces in this transitory world—the void that exists in time and space as a place of contemplation, rejuvenation, and change.