creation myths


body of work in which paintings and the painting process are seen as αρχέ(τυπα), archetypal symbols for the emergence of consciousness.  Emerging self-world landscapes are presented as portraits, archetypal symbols of the relationship between our constantly changing inner and outer worlds

(above left) Threshold (2018) installation: wood stretcher and cut out canvas form with traced drawings (graphite and gesso on muslin covered board) (dimensions variable: stretcher w40 x h 34 inches, drawings each w 8 x h 10 inches)

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.

(above right) Headland (2018) painting: acrylic, copper finishing wax and gesso on muslin covered board (w20 x h24 inches)

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.

(header image from left to right) three of four paintings from the series ‘Assembly’ (2018): Robins Egg / ρπω (I crawl) / Aphrodites Mirror / δε πτερόν (two wings) acrylic and gesso on calico covered board (w12 x h9 inches)

Cycles of selecting, accepting, recognising, rejecting, removing, concealing and revealing color and form are repeated in gestures that range from impulsive to decisive, nurturing to destructive.  The resulting paintings may be described as a series of personal and archetypal portraits of the paradoxical creative landscape in which we exist which draws its energy from pairs of apparently opposing forces.

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28 September  open studio