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

Research: Topography in Flux


For my next body of work I have been researching man made and natural events across the globe which have created a change in the Earth's topography. I have been looking at news sites, the Earth Observatory and NASA's images of the earth to source new material.

In the photograph above you can see my research wall in progress.  When doing my initial research I make lots of initial tracings and drawings which are heavily annotated for future reference.  I also take screen shots.  This is to ensure my work is as accurate as possible, and by making quick rough sketches I can also start thinking about compositions and how future pieces/paintings would appear.

I am currently interested in the volcanic activity on one of the islands off Tokyo.  This has been a slow evolving event which started in December 2013 and climaxed in July 2014.  Historically, this volcano has created similar incidents.

My next step will be to start playing around with drawings and paintings to work out how I will convey the event and the change in topography.




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