“The painting is not on a surface, but on a plane which is imagined. It moves in a mind. It is not there physically at all. It is an illusion, a piece of magic, so that what you see is not what you see.” - Philip Guston
Signs and symbols are reinterpreted and given new power through painting, resulting in an emotive response and a sense of something familiar. Themes around movement and the transportive potential of paint are addressed through tensions which are created, and polarities of colour explored on a given surface.
Painting is about being in the moment, investigating the properties of the medium to its full potential, and allowing enquiry into its multifaceted characteristics. Lisa Denyer’s work looks at the physical attributes of texture and weight, emphasizing the painting’s status as a physical object. This is juxtaposed against perceptions of visual depth, layering and the illusionistic qualities of the picture plane.
During her painting process, the final outcome is not fixed, but subject to change until the penultimate moments. Even when the work has arrived at a situation which feels resolved, its meaning remains open as the viewer brings their own set of experiences and ideas into a visual dialogue.