Thoughts around transience and touch have been especially pertinent over the last 18 months, as have notions of whitewashing and obfuscation…
In prints (many taken around Thanet) of existing whitewashed windows, scribbled marks are carefully traced or framed with 22 carat gold. Love and sex, life and death, humour and pathos: all human life is here. The marks are at once crude and poetic, personal and universal – and now framed and memorialised.
Whitewashing and gold leaf are also used in paintings, whose referencing of altarpieces further frames spiritual, as well as spatial/architectural, readings. Here, the wash presents a kind of conflation as much as obfuscation, with the sweep of (art historical) time and space caught up in its swirls. Again, works oscillate between reverence and irreverence, the graphic and the gestural.
Obfuscation gives way to erasure in drawings, as energetic loops drawn with an eraser into compressed charcoal evoke turbulent states as much as spaces.
If you’re planning a seaside day-trip, the works in this show will offer a moment of quiet reflection away from the crowded beaches.