Pia Fries’ work is known for its dramatic impasto and sculpted surfaces that bristle with vibrant colors. She applies pigment – often directly from the tube – with brushes, rollers, presses, palette knifes and other instruments. The paint appears saturated, glossy and luscious, in rich, colorful masses as well as other layers that are thin and fluid. Much like an archaeologist, she also scrapes, cuts or scratches off areas of the thick surface to reveal the layers of paint beneath. The negative space designated by the white or unfinished areas of the panel or paper provides a compliment to the painted areas and acts as a structural element in its own right. Ultimately Fries’ interest lies in the movement in the picture, the process, and the energies that emerge.