Artist StatementBlase Masini in his studio

Each day I strive for order in my life. Each day brings a bit of chaos. Over time I have found that too much order is boring and mundane whereas too much chaos is unsettling. I live out these truths in my art.

For many years I worked with flat geometric planes. This excess of order left me bored after a while. When I first worked with cold wax medium I created rich organic surfaces that I struggled to manage. By using stencils to mask out areas, I was able to introduce some order to the organic surfaces cold wax medium afforded me.

Now the painting process holds a constant tension between chaos and order. When shapes flatten or lines are too crisp I am bored. When line and shapes dissolve I am unsettled. I find that this mimics tension I experience in life.

Masini lives in Evanston IL with his husband and two sons. He works at Northeastern Illinois University by day. He paints, gardens, and bakes by nights and weekends.

– Blase Masini