My practice originates from the idea of art as a coping mechanism, by working instinctively and expressively with a range of various paint and mediums to achieve my desired outcomes, allowing myself to be free with the paint. I personally use this method to help me escape and cope with the overbearing emotions from life that I feel on a day to day basis. As an empathetic person, I often struggle with viewing the hurt in this world and suffer from anxiety. Painting helps me to silence the voices of unreason.
For the past year, i have been investigating the impact a gallery space has on the art work compared to being viewed in the studio space whilst contemplating 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 more room for noticing finer details. When work is alone you have time to see it flourish before you without any distractions. The colours will speak to you in a way it cannot in the studio space. In the studio, there can be multiple works and processes fighting for attention which means you may miss things and not get the full experience of each individual piece.
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?...My conclusion is that both are just as important as each other.
Sometimes, it is critical to see the work on a white wall however, some work needs to be influenced by the studio around it, changing the overall view of the work.
“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