Stonebridge juxtaposes her latest paintings and charcoal drawings in a powerful collision of raw, frictious and dramatically gestural compositions that depict a netherworld where life and death, love and hate; the fight and a primal sexual act engage in battle. Golden swells are eclipsed by dark holes that both spew forth and suck in the energy inscribed across the surface of her works. The tiny black dots that punctuate her work like full stops are a gasping of breath between the chaos and a time for the gathering of energy before a return to the battle.
Her cyclical configurations convey a sense of tension between form and space, between restriction and release. Within this maelstrom of spiralling energy, a myriad of more subtle strokes and lines border on the edge of figuration. These forms that inhabit Stonebridge's world are not wholly abstract nor are they figuartive; they are players caught in a purgatorial dream who appear flayed as if their physical form had been stripped back to reveal a pure energy beneath.
Stonebridge's use of dusky pinks, yellows and volcanic reds evoke the sky on a cusp of darkness or the skies of another world. This evocation of twilight represents the inevitable triumph of darkness over light. Capturing the intense rush of libido and the arresting presence of thanatos in one moment. Her works embrace and run with a sense of spontaneous freedom and uncontrollable lust, falling out over whether to kill or create.
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Are you serious?
by Anti art bollocks 31.07.12 20:44
The description above is an example of the worst type of 'art bollocks' that ever existed.
It says absolutely nothing about the artist or her work, but rather acts like an emperors new cloths and alienates many people who may have been interested in viewing Nessie's work, but c'mon that bollocks above is just that pure bollocks, how many abstract metaphors can you write in one description.....it is absolutely foul and reminds me of someone that read one book on attempting to describe art in one easy lesson...please spend no more time than 5 minutes on writing this.
It makes no sense and does no justice to Nessie's work whoever wrote the above description should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves it is just pure and unadulterated 'we are incredibly clever and if you don't understand this you are thick', yet has no relevance to the work at all.
Nessie should be ashamed of herself that she allowed someone to write this about her, and if by some weird coincidence that she wrote then she should hang her head in shame.