Photo: Billie Woods
Zandra Stratford is a West Coast abstract painter whose work is continually evolving. Her pieces lay a foundation of earthy neutrals, laying strata after strata of floral colours as a counterpoint to industrial textures, and this overlaid with confident horizontal structures.
Employing a kind of subconscious semiotic, she works in muted tones punctuated by semi-symbols, almost recognizable repeating characters as though conveying a disrupted signal, or dream-remembered language.
Preferring large canvases and panoramic birch panels, she uses gradual iterations of monochrome, encircling strong statements of negative space, like a treeline emerging from fog.
Stratford studied printmaking at the Victoria College of Art, after more than a decade’s experience as an advertising Art Director. This informs her work’s cadence, graphic sensibility and declarative confidence.