The Floating World 2 (Melb) - 2010
exhibited at Catherine Asquith Gallery
21 September- 10 October 2010
The first paintings in the Floating World series were exhibited in 2009 at Johnston Gallery, Perth and Summit Gallery, Calgary, Canada.
This exhibition incorporated new work. The Floating World paintings are inspired by ideas of sensuality, immersion and imagination. Although abstract in nature, these paintings reference bodily experience (ideas of ‘surrender’, of giving in to a movement that transports you, a bodily 'letting go') particularly the experience of ‘floating over’ an underwater landscape. They were initially inspired by experiences of snorkeling in the Leeuwin Current, which washes down the coast of Western Australia. In some ways the moving or 'floating' over any landscape involve feelings of both apprehension and pleasure.
My work also explores the possibilities inherent in the act of painting, and paint itself. My aim is to paint images in which, through juxtaposing texture and colour, I create ‘worlds’ that encompass both illumination/surface and darkness/depth.