In my latest paintings I have overtly lifted compositions from collages. The resulting work has a patch-worked layout, which appears to have been cut up and reassembled. I like the way that the imagery becomes complex and varied. I like the invisible lines that occur as one patch of marks sit beside another patch where the colours shift and contrast.

I think the reason this seems so relevant to me at the moment is because of the way recent changes feel like I am pulling  apart elements of my work, home and life to be then put back together with greater consideration to my well-being. The changes are all wonderful but the process has it’s discomforting elements. My home, garden…and car park are crowded! Therefore the paintings have this complexity mixed with apparent joy.

“I consider a poem to be a kind of experiment where a number of elements are brought together under test conditions to see how they will interact to create meaning or relevance.”

John Barton


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