Painting With Thread
The abrupt moment in time, of energy and of chance are captured in the characteristics of what appears to be splattered paint. However look closer and this contradicts with the carefully and cunningly planned, labour intensive act of embroidery with which the paint has been created, juxtaposing notions of the intentional and accidental, the controlled and the spontaneous, the premeditated and the impulsive. Defacing the painting with stitch, an activity normally perceived as a gentle, passive and even benign pastime, aims to elevate the embroidery as dominant foreground and push the traditionally painted composition to the background; a playful nod to the status and power of textile art within the world of fine art, opening up questions of how we value objects and art.
Expressed through a dark and slightly anarchic sense of humour my work touches upon feminist issues and the fashionability of craft and textile art. These concerns are explored and translated through the use of stitching into oils and acrylics on canvas.
I enjoy playing with bold colour, linear forms and texture. The process of fast loose and spontaneous mark making combined with controlled and carefully executed acts of defacement with stitch. The layering of different mediums are key to my work, parts are hidden or revealed, pushed back or brought to the surface, they reflect the hidden and overlooked aspects of our culture, making way for the recognition of the precarious balance of contemporary society.