RESEARCH & PRACTICE
This latest body of work is centred around the artist’s recent experiences in nature; including vistas of mountains, waves, studies of ocean-scapes and various coastlines. Designed as a collection of immersive, large scale ‘painterly vistas’, the intent behind this work is to represent a motif of bodily nature through the use of gesture and mark making with oil and charcoal.
Themes to the work include the signification of gesture, use of recessional space to infer expression and abstraction of image to denote sensation when viewing the work. Using a hybrid of linear drawing and rapid, visceral application of paint, the artist’s intent is to present a mapping of space for the viewer to explore visually.
The motifs of panorama and striking scale to the works are designed to immerse and evoke an otherworldly sense of depth and atmospheric precipice. Referencing concepts of the Sublime and Neo-Romantic insights into the legacy of landscape painting, these works will present an internal journey and reaction to external space. Critical to the work is the reference to phenomenology, inherently romantic observations of vista and the artist’s relationship to the natural world.
Based on Turner's luminous classical landscape 'The Decline of the Carthaginian Empire 1817' inspired by the work of Claude Lorrain, and in an attempt to focus during the current lockdown quarantine of Covid-19, I have decided to play with my own transcription of this work to experiment with my technique and materials in a new way.. after 10 weeks of lockdown so far, i'm about halfway finished!