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, 17 January 2011
I am currently drawing out my 'final' piece as such for my midterm assessment. This piece comprises of nine square canvases measuring 35 x 35 cm each and with eight codes. The eight series of numbers, one for each canvas, are then linked together by the drawing, i.e. like a dot-to-dot picture. I referencing game playing with the series of nine which look like one of those slide puzzles, dot-to-dot and secret codes. The code itself is a set of coordinates. 50 coordinates per square; the coordinates determined by throwing two 20 sided dice (from a specific game itself). These plots have been used to create a shape which is self-referential, unlike any seen in nature, something determined by a set of rules and not by any emotional pull or by the subconscious. The numbers create a purely random shape, a designed island full of hard lines which is completely unnatural. However, the shapes are bound by numbers and aren't numbers intrinsic to nature and reality?