Responding to the artist’s surroundings, these pieces focus on light, colour and the physical and intuitive processes of painting. Since an overwhelming experience of the Ugandan jungle in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest last year, vegetation has become a compelling subject for Diana.
The artist works from memory as well as photographs of places. Fluid gestures dominate her latest work, for example, loose-hanging cotton paintings which are affected by the natural movement of the material.
Following Diana’s recent art residency at Trélex, Switzerland, the energetic performance of the body in making a painting has become significant for her. The artworks have an expressive quality, showing the artist’s personal understanding of her visual and spatial environment. Growing and decaying plants can also be viewed as dynamic performers sharing a space and are a useful, abundant subject.
Brush marks are made in short bursts (although colour and composition choices are carefully considered) with diluted oil, acrylic or watercolour. The mark-making highlights the materials and movement used, while suggesting vegetation or other landscape features. A sense of immediacy is aimed for in capturing observed and abstracted fragments of light.
Diana Palmer graduated from Camberwell College of Arts in 2011. Her work has been shown in the UK, Greece and Germany and is held in several private collections in the UK, Italy and Uganda. Exhibitions include: Light and Structure, Deptford X Fringe 2017, ‘m e l t’, The Icing Room, London 2017, F.R.E.E., Sheffield 2016, Fragments Together (solo show), Peckham Pelican, London 2013.
Artist Talk: Friday 14 September 7pm (free entry) www.dianapalmer.co.uk