About the Art

Artist Statement - March, 2009

In all of Eileen Kane's artwork, line is the most predominant element. Kane begins her work with line and uses varieties of line to develop the sense of volume and motion inherent in her drawings, paintings and wire sculptures. In her watercolor figure series, unusual lines (done with watercolor inks) create the gesture, often left as is. In several works, Kane uses watercolor paints for more forms. In the charcoal drawings and abstracts, Kane weaves the lines in and through the values and colors, respectively, to build up layers & develop a sense of depth. Kane also builds wire sculptures from interweaving lines (wires) that also utilize color and reflection to develop three-dimensional compositions.

Color is obviously another important element in nearly all Kane's work, notably in her watercolor figures and abstract paintings. Intense colors are used to emphasize the mood, place, sound and vitality of the pieces.

Texture also is prominent in Kane's abstract paintings.

While figure is still the predominant subject of Kane's work, she also creates non-representational (abstract) works that suggest landscape, architecture and light.

Another constant factor in Kane's work is her experimentation with new materials and approaches that mirrors her previous career as a research scientist in neuroanatomy.