Robert Dodge


My works are journeys undertaken without a known destination, let alone a road map.  I select some materials and make a mark or arrange a piece of paper, then I study it to see what other part of the picture space needs to respond and what the response might be — another mark or piece of collage.  Sometimes this process flows rapidly, and sometimes it takes a while to take the next step.  The mood I was in when I began the work may have passed, but its legacy remains in the piece, demanding to be worked out somehow.  Eventually, I do reach a resolution, which may come as a surprise.  Only then do I decide what to call the work.
Los osos, CA, 2009