'Black Bile', mixed media on Khadi paper, 75x55cm, 2011
The main materials and method is acrylic paint on a water-based paint background, made by repeatedly painting and wiping the surface of cotton rag paper, adding and removing layers so stains and traces of the activity remain. On top of this landscape are marks made with some influence of Japanese calligraphy in the brush strokes. There is a musing on the intertwined nature of life: humankind, animals, and the landscape being one shared entity. In the painting is a female form enmeshed in the trees she is passing through.
If you turn the painting upside down, her dress makes it appear as though the forest is on fire.
Making the painting encouraged me to stay in one place for a substantial amount of time when I felt like being on the move. I thought about how often we have a lot of stimuli and activity in our lives, but when you stay put doing one thing, that changes too. Nothing stays the same. This was made in the Old Police Station, Deptford, London, 2011.
Black Bile detail