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, 10 May 2011

Artist Statement

My work explores natural and man-made disasters and the effect upon our changing environment.  I use tracings of photographs of the aftermath of the disasters.  I edit the images so I end up with a simplified image of shapes and lines.  This in turn is transformed into a larger scale painting to refine the image with colour. The use of specific colours adds to the sense of poignancy and drama.  The final image appears quite diagrammatic and deadpan.  The result is an impersonal portrayal of the subject, a to the point message, and a powerful affect on the viewer.

My most recent paintings have been looking at the Japanese Tsunami (which occurred in March 2011).  This disaster had huge coverage in the media and there was a wealth of imagery and source material for me to explore.  The shock of what I saw in the News and the devastating impact it had on Japan was what drew me to it.  I have been doing flood drawings comparing the area of Sendai before and after the Tsunami.   

Overall, my work uses colour and line to produce a concise and abstract image of a representational subject.  This form of diagrammatic imagery seeks to influence the viewer on how we, as a human race, are powerless next to nature.  Also, on a climate change stance, how we also are changing and damaging our habitat radically.

Artists Ingrid Calame, Tim Head, Boyle Family and the writing of Jacques Rancière, have influenced me.

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