All six pieces sold
These are six pieces of work created in my first year of studying Fine Art at NTU. I was looking at the line between painting and printing, and where this line may be blurred and the two disciplines crossover. I wanted to push the boundaries of both painting and printing and create work that could be considered as both. Having never tried a more abstract style of working, I was nervous to throw myself into it, but I had been looking at the work of Kerry Armstrong, which borders on figurative and abstract. Her style of working is so free and bright, that it inspired me to let go and just see what would happen.
Using small piped panels (small canvas boards that I had piped paint on to and let dry) dipped in acrylic, I created a layer of marks across the different canvases (my ‘prints’ of sorts). I started smaller because I wanted to experiment with different layouts etc, before I moved onto a larger scale. Then I used my piping bag and a variety of different nozzles to create textural marks across the canvases. Piping on top of the printed areas worked well, because it added much more texture and therefore was more visually stimulating and interesting. I love how the paint jumps out of the canvas, making the work almost three dimensional.
In the end, I don’t think that these pieces of work fully realise my intentions. This is probably because I got lost in the process of the piping. Once I started, I forgot about the idea of print and paint and was more focused on the different types of marks and gestures I could create using this new technique. I want to expand on this new way of painting and see what else I can do with it. Even though I don’t think that the work was successful in this respect, I definitely like how the pieces turned out. The dark background with the bright colours layered on top worked well, and I will definitely be doing more experimentation with this.
My next step in Print/Paint will probably be playing around with different styles and techniques of printing to pipe onto, and see where that takes me.