I began my “Confetti” series of paintings the day after the Chinese New Year parade when I was walking along Canal Street and I noticed soggy, leftover confetti smashed into the dirty slush. This bittersweet moment, charged with conflicting emotions, was exactly the type of experience that I like to explore in my paintings. I love that confetti is a universal sign of celebration that I can paint within incongruous environments. Painting confetti gives me unlimited possibilities to investigate the formal elements that I find the most engaging: color, flat shapes, and spatial ambiguities. The result is a series of paintings that may appear cheerful at first glance, but there is an underlying current of something menacing or melancholy. They may be optimistic, finding joy despite the terrible things that are taking place around the world. Or is the celebration insincere, just a superficial prop to disguise the reality?
Meridith Passabet was born in Connecticut in 1980. She received a BFA in Painting
from the University of Connecticut in 2002 and went on to earn an MFA in Visual Art
from Mason Gross School of Art, Rutgers, in 2005. Her work has been shown in galleries
and alternative spaces in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Meridith currently lives
in Brooklyn New York and works at her studio on Canal Street in Manhattan.