painting with earth 2008-2010

The use of locally found pigments has brought my work intimately in touch with the idea of ‘artistic process’; from gathering the materials and mixing and creating my own paints, to producing images alive with the deep resonance of the natural world. In response to the materials, the imagery has started to reflect the world on a molecular, energetic level. I have come to understand the language of painting as a series of gestures, patterns and symbols intrinsically present within the provenance of the collected pigments. My work explores the spiritual and visual implications of quantum theory, drawing parallels with the imagery and intentions of earth based aboriginal cultures from across the world. The majority of pigments I use were formed between 350-150 million years ago, and together with the local history around mining such materials, may lead to a deeper appreciation of our environment and our connection with it.