'SIRENS'explores the strategy of using inspiration from literature, and Homers 'The Odyssey' in particular. It introduces us to the Sirens who were part female and part bird. They had exquisite voices which they used to lure the sailors to their death, on what is thought to be the Amalfi coast in Italy. The typographic names have been used as a catalyst for calligraphic opportunity to explore form and colour within the paintings, which have been deconstructed by the mark. It has also been an continuation of an exploration of lyrical abstraction, this time located in the Mediterranean.
THE MECHANICS OF DRAWING
This is an ongoing body of work preoccupied with drawing on both a large and small scale. It has spanned a number of years in its execution which applies paricularly to the larger drawings, but also to those of a smaller scale of a quick and direct response intermittently explored and created over this time, both approaches have been at the heart of the work and at times the only endeavour.
There are three sections to the project, 'Panorama of Love and Grief' which is an all-round view, one that is not obstructed and one which extends in a horizontal direction, evocative of a landscape. 'PRECIPICE' is a photograph of an accidental tear or fissure ripped into the drawing in the process of its making.
'Of Love and Grief - A Tryptich' explores the vertical directional pull of the drawing and its scale to reflect the human form, inviting the viewer to experience the work eye to eye. As a work of three parts it traces the experience of bereavement and its complex components of love and grief, through a meditative rendition and reading of the work, which is also a deliberate consideration in its presentation.
In the paintings for 'Horizon' the geographical reference as being distinct from other layers of soil, influences the layering of the marks, their direction and tonality.
'Pause' is a series of directional drawings which are snapshots of an exploration of moments of time which have been evidenced 'in between' the main projects.
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