In the exhibition, 'Territory', my work will approach the topic of territory as an area defined by a boundary. My recent imagery comes from a collection of maps and satellite photographs of remote islands are archipelagos. An archipelago is a cluster of related islands. They are linked and yet isolated pieces of territory. Maps are integral as they parallel the idea of mapping colour and shapes. Maps are a form of isolating, collecting, recording shapes and a sense of place. Shapes are isolated and ambiguous. The jagged patterned forms and rhythmic lines enhance the feeling of motion. Motion and rhythm increase the optical effects of colour.
The work explores fundamental elements of painting, the relationship between colour and line. The line acts as a boundary between two complementary hues. The two hues merge on the line creating a soft blur. The intention is to affect the viewer optically with the illusion of shapes moving and receding. The two complementary hues sit next to each other are almost in battle for supremacy. The viewer’s eye cannot interpret which colour is dominant. This is enhanced by the organic, curved line, which divides them. Patrick Heron stated that a jagged line is preferred to a straight one in the juxtaposition of two hues. The jagged line forms a boundary between land and water, and between two hues seeks to map, record and contrast.
Jennifer Letchet Paintings
My work explores fundamental elements of painting, the relationship between colour and line. I intend my paintings to affect the viewer optically with the illusion of shapes moving and receding. Colour theory is very important to my work. I use specific hues to symbolise ideas or emotions. The contained shapes on canvases seem more like objects than lines. My recent work explores natural and man-made disasters and the impact this has on our environment. I want to record the changing landscape through simplified shapes and colours.