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.

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Topography drawings

I have been doing some new studies from satellite imagery of media events: flooding, melting glaciers, and fire.  These drawings look at changing topography.  I previously did drawings of before and after significant events, but with this series I wanted to do just current 'after' shots.  I want to consider whether it is important to know how the topography looked before?  Do we need to see the history of an image?

13.11.2011 Pine Island Glacier, Antartica, 42 x 54 cm, graphite on paper, February 2012

A major ice stream that draws the West Antartic ice stream that drains the West Antartic Ice Sheet.  Extending for 19 miles, the crack was 260 feet wide and 195 feet deep.  Eventually the crack will carve a giant iceberg covering 250 sq miles.

17.01.2012 Gasgoyne, Western Australia, 42 x 54 cm, graphite on paper, March 2012

Fires forced the closure of the Kennedy Range National park.  Heat signatures from wildfires in Gasgoyne Wildfires started 03.01.2012.  Showers from the Tropical Cyclone Heidi put out the fires.

12.05.2012 Mississippi River Flooding, 42 x 54 cm, graphite on paper, March 2012

Flooding affected two states.  Image was from the International Space Station.


I wanted to get back into painting, and I've been struggling with how to take it further.  I wanted to carry on with using gesso grounds, but wanted to do something fun and different.  This is a painting of a kingfisher.  The idea of nature being removed from its habitat, as we as beings are becoming more removed in our urban lives.

Kingfisher I, oils on gesso, 100 x 100 cm, October 2011