The artists' canvas is co-opted as the neutral ground on which to explore the emergence of consciousness. Following the artistic process as it (re)cycles between preconcisous origin and conscious act in search of a new form, I find metaphors for our individual developmental mythologies - in the realised potential of a finished painting and in the interruption of a painting before its form is found.
Threshold (folded form, drawings, consolidated print)
In a damaged painting, cut out shapes, with seemingly endless possibilities, are found unable to change beyond their severed forms. Through acts of folding, tracing, placing and consolidation the form is exhausted, finally found resting on its fragile support. There is nothing to be done other than to start again.
Assembly (painting series: Head_Land, Robin's Egg, Aphrodite's Mirror, Two Wings, I Crawl)
Through processes of washing away, sanding back and overpainting, conscious and unconscious forces engage in doing and undoing – mythology tells us destruction is also a creative act. The stretched skin is fragile (calico and muslin laid bare with clear gesso) and requires a support solid enough to withstand the storm. Acrylic is the medium of choice because its fast-drying nature demands drastic, sometimes brutal, responses which help to keep the exchange active. Each painting is seen as a self-portrait, the portrait of an inner landscape under a constant process of renewal.