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, 13 December 2010

Systems of drawing

I have been thinking about new ways of drawing and finding my shapes.  It has dawned on me that my shapes and forms are much more important to my work than I had originally thought.  The process of making my work is integral to my practice, therefore, why can I  not develop a process for my drawing?

In a sense, obviously drawing is a process in itself.  However, whatever I draw, the outcome is always similar due to the stylistic nature of the way I draw.  I used islands in my drawings as they had the appearance of my drawings and a wealth of imagery, almost like a library of forms that I could use and manipulate in my work.  Due to the outside references and associations, which I cannot ignore, it is time to reevaluate my forms.  

In order to link my work back to it's process, could I create a process or system for devising the drawing?  Like a code or plan.  The idea of using numbers to create my drawings; a systematic process.  Numbers are abstract forms in themselves.  I could use statistics, algebra, coordinates, or game-playing to inform and design my work.  Algebra could be used to highlight the code, i.e. x + 1y = z could mean A1 + blue =z (z being the work itself and the letters and numbers referencing the plots in the chart and the hues building up the image).  I could use coordinates to create a shape by almost doing a dot-to-dot.  

Where would the code come from?  I could find numbers from a variety of sources?  Random selection of Scrabble letters (and then add up my score), using a die, statistics, weather temperatures, using an abacus (or some other form of picking random colours which related to numbers) or a text based code.  The options are endless.  My next move is to try these out really with some graph paper to see how successful this method of using codes could be.

Here is my first experiment using Skittles to produce coordinates, it was a little fiddly and I couldn't get enough options from 5 colours (each combination of colours formed a number).  I need to find other ways of cultivating lots of numbers.

1 comment:

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