My unstretched series preserves an unfinished quality in the works, an open-ended-ness physically and narratively. The canvas was primed with rabbit skin glue to retain the natural color of the canvas. The paint has been built up — canvas, under painting, and drawing exposed. I want the viewer to get a sense of where these objects come from, that a person stood in front of them with a brush, reacting to each new mark. There was no preconception, no formula. Self awareness can be an obstacle. Self-consciousness is not easy to avoid for a trained artist. Yet it can be something to push against. These works strive for immediacy. Dressed down, undressed, and unstretched.