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.
Friday, 19 November 2010
I've started a new piece and have spent the last two days completing the arduous task of stretching and priming. My process involves several steps: stretching cotton flax onto board (which is on a stretcher), I then apply three layers of acrylic primer (or gesso) and sand each layer down to create a smooth surface without trace of the weave. I want to remove brushmarks to enhance the illusionary surface. This will be contrasted by the unprimed edge of canvas to reveal the process and the act of painting. The eighteen canvases will have one form; depicting one island from an archipelago.