All paintings in this new body of work are round. The circular shape creates a feminine element in my work and complements the organic patterns and soft shapes within each piece.
My paintings are rooted in process. The resin is layered, heated and torched. Chemistry becomes essential to aesthetic.
Resin is a powerful industrial material but when it comes to painting it’s very sensitive. It has “pot life” which means after two parts are mixed together, it can handle a limited amount of manipulation before it’s no longer malleable.
Due to it's unforgiving nature I found that it's important for me to engage with the process rather than try to control it.
I know a painting is going in the right direction when I can feel the movement of the material. In the same way that you can feel your sense of balance when riding a bike.
I work with fire and heat to fuse layers of resin. A heat gun is used to move the resin around the surface. For me, a heat gun replaces a paintbrush.
When I'm working on a painting, I am most interested in the subtleties. The way translucent layers of color in between layers overlap to create new hues. The way patterns on the top layer cast a subtle shadow on the layer below.
Resin glides across the surface, leaving evidence of wind and motion. This is my version of mark making.
Before resin hardens it has the consistency of honey. When I use a heat gun, everything on the surface is in motion and painting becomes a lesson in balance and control.
Every painting reaches a moment of equilibrium. If I go past that point the painting will be lost. The objective is recognizing that single moment when all elements are in harmony.
I try to balance deliberation with exploration. I want the final work to appear effortless but not happenstance.