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, 16 December 2010
Appropriation of shape
In a lecture about a completely unrelated subject: professional practice, I started thinking about the means by which shape can be created. I want to explore these ideas further. So far, I have found my shapes from drawings of satellite imagery and nature, and I have designed shapes from codes and systematic drawing. Can I appropriate shapes? I want to look at using other artists' shapes/works and appropriate them and use my style of painting to form a new interpretation. The perception of the original works will completely change, elements of the work will be lost or concealed to the detriment or benefit of the work. I could also appropriate shapes from graphic design, product packaging, the mundane and everyday, and photography. Or maybe maps? This is something I plan to investigate through preliminary drawings and sketches before I put brush to canvas.