My practice has explored methods of process art and fluid painting, considering the movement of the paint, the surface, texture and pattern when dry. I have been painting onto household objects, such as fitted bed sheets, which in itself carries a dialogue. This has led me to my current final piece, which is something that could be considered an installation or painting, involving a clothes dryer, a painted on, draped bed sheet, with interruptions of peeled, dried acrylic paint circles scattered around the surrounding area. I am still experimenting with how subtle or figurative the ‘trees’ will appear when painted onto the sheet, as well as how to suspend it from the clothes dryer.
I want to capture fleeting moments, dreams, and memories of childhood that can’t be recalled in detail as an image or representation, but have a feel or sense. Hopefully the final piece conveys that through the manipulation of materials and suggests at these experiences. I’m interested in how the mundane domestic items become disrupted and disturbed through the intervention of the paint surface (both in the form of when painted onto the sheet and the already dried circles). The final piece challenges traditional preconceived ideas of art work as the aim was to essentially represent a canvas frame and fabric with paint, but assembled differently.
The choice of materials has significant connotations, the obvious being the bed sheet. The piece was originally inspired by dreams, so the bed sheet created a direct link. As a child, I remember the clothes dryer creating a kind of den so for me it evokes nostalgia. At a young age, we often see things differently, running a wild imagination and seeing ‘monsters’ or ‘creatures’ in the drapes and folds of hanging laundry. Memories of childhood are often quite blurry and interpreted differently when we are older, so the final piece is a collection of those memories. The shape of the circle can be interpreted in many different ways but for me they show the movement of time and remind me of my mother.
Using domestic objects combined with the dripped painted surfaces has started to bring a more personal and almost confessional sense to my work that I want to explore further. I have looked at the work of Jessica Stockholder and think the appearance of paint skin surfaces with materials such as bedsheets, towels, clothes, furniture etc. start to create a friction that explores dreamlike, surreal disjointed experiences.
It began as quite a childish, playful piece, but introducing the bed sheet brought in an inarguable darker sense. Looking at the work of Tracey Emin and her work “My Bed” inspired me to consider objects out of context and how they would be perceived when put into a white gallery space.
The work of Angela de la Cruz with her ‘disrupted’ canvases has been useful to research and led me to experiment with how to install my own piece. I really resonate with the idea of objects holding their own character as well as the humour and playfulness of them when manipulated in a certain way around the gallery.