from the series Corrosive Endeavor
Jeremy Siedt’s work explores the boundaries and potential of corrosive metals in painting. He captures the color and movement that occurs in the properties of individual metals during the process of corrosion. The metal is laid behind the canvas and stained by working from the front with different solutions, which brings the corrosive properties through the canvas. He continues to add depth with the use of pigments and other various mediums, including metal on the front of the canvas to further the depth and complexity of the image. Process is one of most important aspect of his creative method. Siedt’s vigorous, repetitive motions on both the front and back of the canvas act as an imprint and recording of the harsh interaction between destruction and rebirth. He is aware of the impermanence in these images that are painted and embraces this factor in his studio practice. This impermanence plays a very important role in the overall composition and atmosphere portrayed in the physical representation of the multi layered space of each painting. His calculated decisions are intertwined with spontaneous occurrences that juxtapose the ideas of color and composition, as well as the deterioration and preservation of contemporary painting.