Lifting the veil on recent work.
The pandemic & lockdown, and a double bereavement, have created an opportunity and incentive to reflect on the form and direction of my work, and to focus on what is important.
In particular, this has led to:
A renewed drive to meld my artwork with wider environmental issues.
A stepping up of the abstract element, which has always been a subtext of my work, but which seems especially suitable to developing an art of ideas.
Using the QR code “chop” as a means of introducing a brief narrative text without disrupting the visual balance of the painting.
The three pieces in the new Aftermath set come from two sources.
The first is personal, and very simple. The recent death of both of my parents has had an unexpectedly seismic impact on my creative journey, leading me to a more open place.
The second is global, and more complex, reflecting our pressing need as humans to move away from an exceptionalist anthropocentric perspective and back to one of recognising that we are just one part of a planetary ecosystem that needs to be nurtured, not commodified & exploited to extinction. Rewilding in other words, which is not just about releasing some lynx & beavers – it’s about a whole change of mindset, rewilding ourselves as well as our land.
(AS April 2021)