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Now more than ever we are becoming increasingly aware of changes in the natural world. The earth's crust is constantly converging, diverging and transforming, affecting the climate and all living species.
What was once submerged under water is now desert. What was an open plain is now a mountain range. Continents where glaciers prevailed are now sub-tropical forests. Earthquakes, volcanic activity, mountain building and oceanic trench formation relentlessly shape and form the planet reminding us that change and impermanence are natural processes not just geographically but in every aspect of our lives.
Having lived for most of my life on the coast I have always been interested in the edge of things, like where the land meets the sea, where transformation occurs in spectacular and often devastating ways. In my paintings I juxtapose one area with another to form the dynamic of an edge – light adjacent to dark, gloss against matt, textured areas beside smooth, complexity aligned with the void.
In this body of work, ‘The Shape Of Things To Come', I explore, in an almost geological manner, the potent forces which shape the earth. I have gouged and burnt into timber panels to form fissures which allowed paint to flow or settle and find its own level. I have built up layers, often scraping them back to reveal what lies beneath, exposing the timeless layering of the earths crust. Slabs of impasto represent land mass. Different media react like a primordial broth fabricating a kind of alchemy as when a volcanic eruption mixes many elements to produce unusual geological effects. Large areas of paint butt against each other to 'create' continents which slip and slide like massive tectonic plates. The grain and texture of the timber emphasizes the organic nature of the subject matter.