Internal Markings


A solo painting exhibition
January 14 to February 14, 2013
Venue: Showcase Gallery, Dubai
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'Internal Markings' is a body of work exploring the expressive power of mark and colour. While painting some of the works preceding 'Internal Markings', my concerns became more about the paintwork around the "image". This gravitational pull towards the seemingly abstract spaces led me to the discovery of the fertile language of the non-pictorial.
When launching into these new works I set out to paint large areas of
overlapping colour, yet ended up painting a mesh of abstracted worded marks.
I have always been intrigued how certain font styles can dictate and alter the meaning of a word. Somehow these observations surfaced yet left the literal content of words behind. The marks adopted shapes that grew out of text alluding to many cultures.
I am dyslexic and reading and writing is often a struggle. These paintings felt like all those battles had just fallen away and I was writing effortlessly.
Although connected to the basic cognitive skills of writing the process was
linked directly to my emotional response of the emotional power of shape, colour and tone. Each mark was assessed and formed to correlate to highly private and emotional triggers. Hence the title 'Internal Markings'.