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, 27 August 2014

Nishimo-Shima 1978 - 2014


Nishimo-Shima 04.12.13, 17.12.13, 16.02.14, 22.03.14

59 x 42 cm, acrylic on paper


Merger of Nishimo-Shima and Nuijima 08.12.13, 04.07.14

59 x 42 cm, acrylic on paper

I have been working on two paintings of the volcanic eruption off the coast of Tokyo which has merged two islands Nishimo-Shima and Nuijima.  In the first painting i have charted the growth of Nishimo-Shima through a sequence of drawings to show the change in size and form.  I have enhanced this development using colour; the painting progresses from a luminous silver to dark graphite.

In my second painting I have made a jump from the island as it was in December 2013 to its current formation in July 2014. The island's previous appearance is shown in white where it appears to disappear into the abyss, and its present form  is painted in a light pink/peach colour.  I have used this colour symbolically to convey the human effect.

I want to continue experimenting with form, colour and composition to show subtle changes in topography and to highlight the long term effects.

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