The basis of my work is improvisation. The beginning
of a painting is a loose and free application of colors, without
a too deliberate plan. As I work, shapes begin to emerge which I
then persuade into a composition which suggests itself. Decisions
are made spontaneously, and what seems accidental at first becomes
part of an order that arises from what I see on the canvas.
There are areas of color that arrange themselves
within boundaries that align, dissolve, disappear and reappear.
A structure emerges that is an orchestration of colors, textures
and shapes, forming a dialogue among themselves that soon becomes
an image, specific but abstract. There is a story to be told, and
I listen with my eyes. A
harmony unfolds, pleasing to my vision, but filled with notes of
dissonance and subtle tension.
Later, what I have found changes, evolves,
and becomes more defined. I
discard some elements, adding others, always paying attention to
the overall harmony and unity. There is always the mysterious
and inevitable unfolding of a secret music that makes each canvas
different from ones that have gone before. Intuition works along
with conscious choice. If all goes right, the result is a visual
music composed of colors, lines and shapes which combine to create
a specific mood, a place in which thought, sensation and feeling
can arrive together to bring forth a new picture.
Kunimi Terada is a native of Japan and moved to the
United States in September, 1964. She graduated from Musashino Fine
Art University, Tokyo, Japan.