Polka Dot Dreams
About this artwork
A young woman in a polka dotted dress stands in waiting, dreaming of the night ahead, says Gena. Bold repeated strokes of pinks rhythmically move across the foreground and in the distance. Other whimsical line work defines the figure and environment. Afternoon light rests on the face and shoulders, offering depth and setting mood.Part of Gena's ongoing Illumination series, exploring mood and emotion through abstract portraits. She begins each piece with a dark background, adding fast, autonomous and broad marks. As the work progresses, she reveals and wipes away a history of her mark-making, selectively deciding what imagery to keep and what to discard. She continues the process until recognizable imagery and figures materialize. Her reference material for these portraits is mostly color schemes observed in nature or from memory.