TOBY SISSON
:: Making my work is like drawing lines in wet sand with a long stick or watching the expanding ripples that mark the spot where a stone enters the water. Often it’s like walking under a vast night sky onto which I project my fantasies and fears. Abstracted elements in the landscape as well as internal spaces, memories & sense perceptions are the locus of my painting.

The simultaneity of inside and outside, the duality of human and inanimate, even the oppositional forces of above and below are distinguishing characteristics in my work. While my concerns stem from specific relationships, ironically, it is the work’s innate ambiguity that I cherish most. I strive to make art that operates on many levels, is able to hold paradoxical meaning, and evolves just ahead of my own ability to comprehend its entirety ::




"Sisson is a master of shadow and light, simultaneously obscuring and revealing both gesture and shape with an extraordinarily subtle hand, but it is those smoky tangles that hold the mystery"

From the catalog essay by Joanne Mattera for Swept Away at the Cape Cod Museum of Art