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.

Thursday, 18 August 2011

Review: Michelangelo Pistoletto at the Serpentine Gallery


Before going to see Michelangelo Pistoletto's show entitled The Mirror of Judgement at the Serpentine Gallery, I will admit I did not know his work, but was intrigued by images of work and the intrinsically sculptural quality of his work.

On entering the exhibition space, I was confronted with a labyrinth of cardboard.  Cardboard weaves in and out of the exhibtion rooms.  Walls seem impervious and invisible, the space becomes one long space in which I snake through.  The cardboard leads you to small intimate spaces where you are faced with objects to contemplate.  In one space I was faced with myself, in the form of a mirror.  This is meant to provoke a reflection upon reality.  I don't think this aspect of the work particularly worked.  When confronted with myself, I do not see society, I see myself, bedraggled.  Other objects worked much better I thought.  There were references to Buddhism, the landscape and machinery.  I think due to the nature of these objects, I was able to associate them more with society; as these objects were more symbolic with their references to religion, consumerism, labour and the environment.

This exhibition felt calm and contemplative.  The show was to be experienced, to be absorbed slowly and peacefully.  The content and associations made were therefore, poignant and long lasting.  The subtlety and simplicity of the show was its strongest attribute and made a considerable impression.



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