Is a painter concerned with formalist ideas and interpretations through abstracted form and colour. Chance and accident determine relationships between the elements in her paintings. She is now responding to contemporary ideas about over supply and over production by reducing scale and focusing on everyday life.
Estranged Exhibition September/October 2017
‘Conversations’ Conversation occurs organically around a pattern of alternating verbal and non-verbal actions (I speak /you speak). Conversation is light or urgent, swift and passing, considered and important. We replay our conversations, dissecting and sifting through the signs and glyphs of dialogue trying to hold onto what we remember. Estrangement is the breakdown of this pattern. ‘Conversations’ derives from Hans Arp (1886-1966) the Dadaist painter who used biomorphic forms through chance and accident to construct his painted relief collages. Where Arp gave decision making to chance, I gave the selection and arrangement of shapes in each plate to pairs of colleagues, students and friends These small plates of plywood and painted irregular shapes are transcripts of little conversations between two people. Agreements and arrangements were made according to some small rules. These shapes are like speech bubbles that signify the flow of words and sentiment in a conversation.
#Small rules for a conversation between 2 or 3 people
select 2 or 3 shapes each
‘converse’ with each other and arrange these cutouts within the circular format of the plate