Surfacing and Throwing away the Past

These two paintings have come about as an answer to my process…I felt like following up the urge to step into the canvas…and paint with my hands.

The first one started off as gesture of resting (spočinutí) and when I followed the painterly process it turned out to be about something else. I call it Surfacing. It caught me by surprise. I thought this was behind me. Just a memory.

The second painting started as a series of gestures played out on tracing paper with using all the paint I put on my palms. From reaction of “throwing the past back” to dancing in the ellis (old word for bog), to drowning and being re-born and saved/embraced. They emerged in the interplay of the painting gestures and images occurring in front of me.

This piece came about when I stayed in the studio after declining an invitation to go and see the Koestler (?) Collection (art of currently incarcerated and sectioned people). I just felt it might bring up some stuff I’d rather not go into again. Why go back into pain? So this one came as an intuitive answer.

Writing this I can feel something coming off my chest…so that might be it :-). There you go. It is now off my chest. Even in a painterly way.

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