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.

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Design your own island

I have tried out several methods of code-making involving colours, text and dice throwing.  The best process so far is to throw two 20 sided dice at the same time, 45 times to create 45 coordinates.  I then plot these onto graph paper.  I have also devised a set of rules to accompany this process:

1) when drawing i must start from the top right corner (I am left-handed and so this is a necessity) and move in an anti-clockwise fashion across the page

2) in the dot-to-dot process, I must use the nearest in proximity dot without excluding some of the remote dots

3) I must use all the dots

4) the line must be continuous and join up

Once completed and all the dots have joined up, only then do I see the final shape, or image.  When drawing, there is no way of escaping a sense of authorship or aspect of intuitive drawing.  The rules do not cover all eventualities.

The random number selection and drawing rules enable me to create a shape which is self-referential.  In this manner I can design my own island in a controlled environment.

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