A desire to
find ways of expressing thought, feeling and other abstract
ideas, led to the making of paintings with very different
approaches. Extending the paint with wax makes it much more
translucent, and when applied using only the fingertips enhances
the illusion of space. This facilitates building layered
fields of colour creating surfaces that ‘speak’ differently
as the light changes throughout the day. This ambiguity provided
a suitable foundation for making paintings about philosophical
subject matter such as ‘Brain Waves’- the process
of thinking, pain as in ‘Bodywall’, and relating
the energy field within the body to the energy fields in
(outer) space as in ‘Internal Galactic’.
The ‘Mapping Memory’ series of paintings explores
the notions of place through time. They record from memory
a site of particular meaning and relate this to a transcribed
map of the time, creating a palimpsest of place, time and significance.
The paintings are made using wax and pigment to enhance the
illusion of space. This medium is applied to the picture surface
with fingertips, to further explore the spatial field.
Mapping the Unknown’ and ‘Unveiled’ use wax
and oil paint, but the wax appears on the surface calligraphically
as a metaphorical statement, as well as a pictorial device.