daniel anselmi works with paint and all manner of cast off paper to create abstract and layered compositions of texture, form, line and color. in this series, vibrant color as well as scale play new, important roles. he has shown extensively in new england, including at the university of maine museum of art, the center for maine contemporary art, the portland public library, and the university of new england.
"my works on paper and canvas explore the use of paper as an ongoing dialogue between painting and collage. i use painted paper as one would handle a brush to elicit brushstrokes on canvas. never using the new, i enjoy the felt quality of the discarded: blueprints, old ledgers, chart papers, and used canvas dropcloths are materials that offer an aesthetic conversation with my work. the paint I apply to these various materials, whether in large cut pieces or intimate fragments, and affix to already created surfaces, offers countless opportunities to express color, line, and form. though sourced materials are not intended to be recognizable in these abstractions, sometimes surface traces remain that become a moment of discovery for the discriminating viewer."