This painting features two bifurcated converging triangles in the center of the picture plane. The composition illustrates how a balanced composition can be built over an aqueous background. This painting combines chance-based “pouring” methods with intentionally flat, graphic areas of paint. Multiple layers of thinned pigment fade into one another, suggesting a space that is both formed and unformed. The result is a work that’s about material presence and visual oscillation. This composition is part of a series of small paintings by the artist that explores perception and ways of seeing. McNeil is a process-driven painter whose work addresses being both in and out of control.
Marcelyn McNeil creates both intimate- and large-scale oil abstractions that evolve primarily through pouring methods. Adopting a lyrical call-and-response attitude toward process, the artist uses multiple layers, stains, and bleeds of thinned pigment that fade into one another—suggesting a space that is both formed and unformed. McNeil’s quietly subversive work experiments with illusion, perspective and color to create a place for unmediated introspection.