3 (Silver Graphite) is a new painting, which I finished last week. It measures 32 x 25 cm, and it is egg tempera paint on a chalk ground. I have used board rather than a flexible surface. On this surface, I have drawn a triangle. This shape came from throwing a dice six times to get 3 co-ordinates. Using these co-ordinates I have plotted a shape. The process is very precise and almost mathematical. I have given all control to the die, I have omitted intuition and to some degree, myself as an author.
I plan to let the dice decide my hues as well. With this piece, I kept it quite neutral, and I wanted it to relate to the shape. I chose a silver which would associate with a shard of glass or a piece of metal. I wanted a harsh colour to contrast with the soft ground.
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.