Artist statement

My work aims to depict pictorial space through colour and line. Rather than straightforwardly depicting a specific place or thing the work emerges through the haptic experience of making. Most of my work starts with drawing and extrapolating from something experienced first-hand. It then progresses towards a more abstracted, zoomed in image. Editing is a crucial element in my process. I work across a range of media, from painting to printmaking and collage, producing both intimate and far larger immersive works. Certain contrasting motifs reoccur – grids, fences and diamonds are set against gestural clouds, leaves, squiggles.

 

I have been exploring openings, windows, doorways, in-between spaces. My intention is to create images that pull the viewer in and let the eye linger. The work addresses the relationship between the maker, the image, and the suggested world beyond the canvas or piece of paper. I want to convey a sense of time - the time taken to make a work and the time that is required to experience it. It is about both looking and seeing. I want to create pictorial spaces that can be inhabited and lingered within.

 

More work is available to view on Instagram: claredavidsonart