Loss

Loss (63×45 cm approx)

This monoprint took a while to get going – the stark contrast between the red and black and the middle part with little in the way of openings didn’t give me any hints of where to start. But this impenetrable surface eventually steered me towards using the central enclosed space as an area from which tentacles/veins could flow out and into. I wanted also to keep the work ‘organic’ and tactile. At the end of the process I toned down the red slightly although the colour is still a ‘bit in you face’.

Dance II

Dance On (image 70×50 cm)

Another tree inspired monoprint with coloured pencils. I was thinking about the mycelial network connecting trees when ‘drawing’ the roots of the trees. Keeping to mostly red the colour is depicting this support system and the interdependence of living organisms – the Gaia theory depicted on paper.

Dance On was longlisted for the Royal Scottish Academy OPEN Exhibition 2019 – the final selection will be published 23 October.

Operan II

Operan II

A wave, although this looks rather abstract as a result of my scrunching of the canvas. Same technique as the previous two, very diluted acrylic paint applied wet on wet in many layers. I was lucky in that I could use the fantastic space of Brevens Hjärta (https://www.facebook.com/www.brevenshjarta.se/) and be able to move the comparatively large canvas around on the floor in order to force the paint to run and settle where I wanted it to. The building is old with an uneven floor so tilting the canvas just so was acheived by inserting brushes of various sizes under the board onto which the canvas was stapled. I found that the paint separated into layers of pigment so coming back in the morning to inspect the result of the drying process was exciting!