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.

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Finding narrative

With the crits of last week and my upcoming review on Thursday, I have been thinking about the direction of my work.  I need to make a decision really, I don't like leaving things unfinished, but I must resolve whether I will take the designed shapes further or change my ideas altogether.

Sometimes I think my work would be so much easier if I had a narrative.  This narrative would give motivation for my work (when I say motivation I do not mean that I am lazy and need a reason to paint, but a reason why my work is important; I want it to make sense and have meaning).  A narrative would inform the viewer about what it is my work means.  As a process painter, my work is about art and the making of art.  Artist-narrators' work is about the process of art and they also have another agenda: their work makes a comment, they have a narrative.  Is narrative painting more important or somehow supreme?  Do I need a separate agenda for my work to be deemed important?

At the moment, I feel I have lost the meaning of my work, as I often do.  It's not that I don't believe in it, but I have been bogged down in this whole island saga that I have forgotten why I was drawing altogether.  I need to spend time 'reconnecting' with my work and find out what I want to draw/paint.  It's the ultimate quest for me.

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