The above body of work addresses my practice through the role my studio plays in the creative process. I am painting the action that occurs before the work is fully realized. The tension that exists between the artist and the blank canvas, waiting to be activated by the artists hand is a moment that requires patience, determination and full autonomy. This is a time consuming and often frustrating experience.
The studio is not represented as a “working” space where one would expect to see brushes, and activity. By keeping actual figures out of the works there remains a sense of static energy, the viewer anticipates someone to re-appear in the frame to activate the space. There is a sense that someone has either just left the frame or is about to arrive and activate the blank canvas that is left waiting on the easel or stacked against the wall, the front hidden from view.
These works are experimental side projects from the last six months or so. I've used them to explore different compositions, lighting and colours that wouldn't appear in my other work.