My practice originates from the idea of art as a coping mechanism, working instinctively and expressively with a range of various paint and mediums to achieve my desired outcomes, allowing myself to be free. I personally use this method to help me escape and cope with the overbearing emotions from life that I experience on a day to day basis. Painting helps me to silence the voices of unreason.
For the past two years, I have been investigating the impact a gallery space has on the art work, compared to being viewed in a studio space where the art begins, lives and thrives. I have experimented strongly with the idea of the studio space being a “live” piece of work where the art lives. In the studio space you capture the breath of the artist and can see the organic production of the art.
However, there are benefits to having a gallery space which allows you to see it flourish before you without distraction. The colours speak to you in a different way compared to in a studio space. My work then continues to explore the strength and development of the experiments made in the studio space and the reactions it may have, dependant on its environment.
Ultimately I have been deciding on whether it is necessary to have work displayed on a gallery wall or whether the work is stronger in the studio?
“IT IS IMPORTANT never to forget how crazy painting is. People who buy paintings, or who write about them, tend to think painting begins in the cosmopolitan world of museums and art galleries…but painting is born in a smelly studio, where the painter works in isolation” – J,Elkins (1999) What Painting is