Displayed are pieces from two separate bodies of work. The more graphic paintings are representations of Whitney’s own metacognitive mind maps. These paintings are maps of her thoughts and the titles are the times that the thought on the canvas occurred. This group of artwork is driven by a constant state of internal conflict. Whitney paint her soul and mind debating, solving, and working. Her painting process is methodical and logical in the sense that she identifies the major objective responses to an item to determine the key aesthetics. Simultaneously, her painting process is illogical, intuitive, and emotional. She uses lines and pattern to represent her reaction to the objective nature of a thought. She paints intuitively maneuvering through my work as my mind would maneuver through observations at a given moment. The compositional tension in her work, seen where the lines freely cross over shapes, results from a struggle to make sense of the connection between the emotional and logical, the objective and the subjective, the soul and the mind. Whitney paints over and over to find a balance between cohesion and tension, just as the mind would continually rethink thoughts.
In the second grouping of work, Whitney moves away from the traditional oil on canvas and incorporates pumice and burlap. These paintings are an investigation into material significance. She is interested in the idea of covering, uncovering, burying, and building a painting as one might construct or deconstruct a thought, a memory, or feeling. These paintings are intuitively and emotionally driven and are more of an emotional reaction to her current life direction. She sees this grouping as studies for her new work to come.