The resulting series of large-scale paintings depict botanical abstractions named after the edible plants and vegetables they represent. It is a departure of sorts from Pacquing’s past works, which have tended towards pure gestural abstraction. Here, he experiments with the limitations of mixed media by layering materials to construct loosely representational forms. On raw canvas, Pacquing applies oil paint like a building material, mixing it with roof paint, rubber paint, contact cement, resin, and other non-traditional binders, adding texture to his surfaces with these everyday household supplies. “My abstractions exude a rawness, a richness of texture, messy with child-like scribbles,” he says.