Asymmetrical with Pink

Alyssa Love

Acrylic on Canvas

I have been obsessed with plaid since I was 12. I used to fill entire sketchbooks with page after page of various designs. However, something always seemed off, they just didn’t look like the other plaids I saw. I could never explain what it was and eventually gave up trying to solve it. Years later I took a class on weaving and got to make true plaids, not just drawings. It finally made sense, I could see all of the things that I had been missing before and was able to come up with a way to make it perfect and extremely believable.

With this new discovery, I began to play with the idea more and think of it in a new light. I wondered why we all saw this uniform pattern as plaid and not just a series of random rectangles. How far could I push it and still have it read as such? Plaid was also a playful and satisfying way to test people and see when they would recognize it. Even in the painting process, some people could see it sooner than others in my unfinished work. Overall, the plaid served as a way for me to test colors, weights, balance, and light to see how a more abstract image could function when assisted by the helpful guidelines and rules of a set pattern.