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.

Monday, 6 December 2010

Destruction of the image

I find my sketchbook is one of my most useful tools for developing ideas, true experimentation and generating ideas.  I've found that in the last few weeks my work hasn't been moving forward as much as I would have liked.  I've spent the last week sketching and drawing to work through my writers' block.

My work, in the simplest terms, is about the interpretation if image and shape.  I use illusionary tactics to affect the viewer optically, to confuse and eradicate meaning and representation.  I have been captivated by the idea of destruction of the image.  I want to try out various ways of destroying my shapes, destroying in the sense of concealment.  I want my shapes to be hard to find and to see clearly.  This idea I have used with my blur; the blur alters the forms and creates movement in the picture plane.

I want to use colours which make viewing the work difficult, like the red and orange combination of Bridget Riley (I saw the piece below at the Bridget Riley Retrospective last weekend at the National Gallery), or silver on grey, or using different surfaces, i.e. gloss on matte.  I could even remove colour.

I'm going to try out all my various ideas in my collection of my 18 canvases: a collection of islands and thoughts.

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