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.

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Developing my research question

I want to narrow my field of research; I think the relevance of abstraction may be too broad a question.  Is process painting the most appropriate method for my practice; appropriating shapes to create my own iconography?  This could be diverging a little.  The relevance of abstraction is interesting in respect to contemporary painting.  Painting is considered almost outdated.  Abstraction in particular has not been 'popular' since the 1970s.  In relation to Nicholas Bourriaud's 'Relational Aesthetics', how can abstraction, which is devoid of meaning and interaction with the viewer, be seen as relevant?  How does process painting have a place in this context?

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