I’m discovering a process based way of working, I’m noticing the demands of colour and balance and using them as a guide to my work, rather than painting from a composition. This takes me into the space of the painting where I can be playful rather than making myself tick visual boxes. I enjoy how my thoughts and what emerges in the painting continually influence each other.
I’m interested in how people can occupy the same space and experience it in different ways. This idea came into being on the tube, where I was cramped in with a bunch of strangers who were all just as squished as I was, but were thinking things completely unknown to me. I’m also looking at how this can be true of people you know intimately.
Reading about phenomenology, how our knowledge of space is bound to our perception of it, made me look at my personal relationship with spaces as well as the general human relationship with it. I’ve noticed how when I translate these ideas into paintings the figures are hard to distinguish from the space because I’ve been building them up simultaneously to reflect upon how they both influence each other.
Lockdown has obviously influenced the spaces I’m exploring. I’m using painting as a reflection upon where I’m limited to, as well as an escape into another space. I think my paintings have become more abstract as a form of escapism but also as an output of the current chaos. Finding balance in a painting of chaotic marks gives me a feeling of control, a way of enjoying the confusion.