My work draws from an array of established vocabularies of Abstract Expressionist painting processes such as pours, drips and dashing brushstrokes. The drips and splashes, however, are not the chaotic result of a spontaneous hand; each “pour” and “drip” is a carefully calculated shape, the interiors of which is repainted with bands of color or complex grids. In some works, fluid drip shapes are sketched in pencil. In other works, the same drip shape is repeated, further complicating their origin and adding humor to the paintings. In this work, I question how different painterly gestures convey emotional energy and how a different meaning can evolve through opposing those forces and contradicting those elements.