FELICITY TRUSCOTT’S work is instinctive, spontaneous, and often quickly executed, with a physical vigour which creates a sense of natural strength in her drawing’s and paintings. Her works seem alive not in their singularity or autonomy, but in the way that they intimately connect with natural objects and processes. Bringing her subjects out of their original contours and into her dynamic brand of ambiguous abstraction, Truscott imbues them with life. Her work challenges notions of association by bringing her subjects to the brink of figuration, occupying a liminal zone between bold materiality and fleeting surface. In Truscott’s own words, she ‘pursue[s] the enigmatic and find[s] space to allow the viewer room to continue to expand on what they see.’
In her recent Black Board series, Truscott thematises her fascination with temporality. Through rubbing, scratching and sanding the surfaces of canvas, she creates a sense of the scuffs and sedimentations of time, to achieve a kind of narrative without figuration. What she describes as‚ a tension between easily eroded chalk and the permanence of charcoal’ is given significance through her mark making, which suggests memory as a natural process of engagement and transformation, as well as the larger memory of nature itself.
DONNA FLEMING HALL’S work is an expressive exploration of line and surface, inspired by the natural terrain of Cornwall and East Sussex. She sketches while out in the landscape and then develops her studies in the studio with oils, charcoal and graphite. Her sensitive and delicate use of line suggests the monumental scale of the landscape while her subtle manipulation of colour imbues the work with a sense of space. Her paintings offer a glow which seems to invite the viewer to participate in the sense of freedom and possibility that the artist has found in the landscape around her.