Paint, Light, Lens

Paint, Light, Lens

After making OM & Etc., I kept fooling around with all the components of the pictures along with a pile of other tests of brush painting on archival film, with gold leaf, paint and paper. I walked around this pile for months, kept coming back to it, picking up bits. I could see the “pile” as an object to be exhibited inside a clear perspex box.

I love the idea of a brush-painted calligraphic mark as a beautiful “thing” in itself. This has been a life-long love, (also expressed during the years I painted Irish shop front signs). The more I played with the bits of paint, the more “parts” each bit played, like characters in multiple scenes over a period of time.  It’s a challenge for me to categorise this work as it’s composed in the camera lens, of paint, space, light and time (objects were falling randomly toward the lens – I kept moving to find them). The particular time of day, reflections on the clear film, the space around each mark, and the forms created by the brush marks, through light, over paper – all combined in the lens, becoming part of the work.

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