Latent Exhibition Opening
Latent – the present and accessible in the unconscious mind but not consciously expressed.
The works in this exhibition are a reflection of personal experiences.
Working and building within the conventions of expressionism and abstract art, I am using the ideas and philosophies of abstract expressionism and action painting – at times using the body as a paintbrush. The emotive use and gestural application of paint is central to my art making practice.
My work aims to challenge the notions of traditional large-scale abstract art through a process of deconstruction and reconstruction as an installation.
In this body of work there is a limited palette of five colours. These are earthy, fleshy, organic colours that reflect mother earth and perhaps what lies within me. In essence, they provide the colour to what are emotional portraits.
The turning point for me in the development of these works was a particular instance where my trust in personal relationships was tested. It was like removing the skin and seeing what lies beneath, which made me question the façade that is often put forward by each of us.
There is a complex of emotions and feelings layered within these paintings. Some soft and translucent and others running as a thin vein across the emotional landscape of dark, subtle forms, punctuating apparent and real truths.
The framing is an analogy for a snapshot into the psyche. A window to the soul – those Latent emotions that exist within each of us – an emotional portrait.
The post-modern use of frames is an overstated representation of abstract art – constraining the energy within the paintings.
The covering of opulent, gilded Rococo-style frames in an opaque white is to mask the truth, hiding what is behind the façade. The frames hold the emotions together and reference how we all conform to the moral constraints of society and our peers.
The loose, salon hang of these works reconstructs the wholeness of the original 12 large-scale (3 metre long) works in a new form, made up of individual experiences and emotions. Each frame offers a glimpse of a single gesture, fleeting on its own, but as a group of gestures communicating the complexity of emotions
Each of us is a vessel of conscious and subconscious expression. How this expression is shaped by the moral codes of individuals and society intrigues me as an artist. These complex, hidden undercurrents and agendas involved in human relationships, directs our lives on a daily basis.