After the assessment last week, we had a student led crit. The assessment had ben a peer review, so we wanted to take advantage of everything we had discussed. While the space still looked like an exhibition rather than a studio, we thought it prudent to analyze what had been created at this point. I found this a valuable exercise, although not a completely positive one.
Firstly, I gathered that my work is still being misread. This I found very disheartening. I had abandoned islands to form my own shapes. Yet, somehow my work is till being read in connection with islands. Is this because they have knowledge of my former work clouding their opinions, or does my new work still suggest topography?
The black and white drawn lines, and the angularity of the grid; everything feels geometric and alien. However, perhaps the grid feels too much like mapping lines. I think its time to get rid of the grid, and remove the work as far from islands as possible. I am going to take the work into colour. I am going to give myself a deadline for this project: 2 weeks and then I will abandon it or continue depending on the outcome. One thing I do know for certain: I want rid of the islands. I want change.
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.