Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Transparent and Opaque: spatial paintings/drawings

(c) 2011 Naomi Nicholls, 2 sheets of 56 x 38 cm
Watercolour, gesso and graphite on paper.


 (c) 2011 Naomi Nicholls, 2 sheets of 56 x 38 cm
Watercolour, gesso and graphite on paper.



I’m interested in visual means of expressing three dimensional space.  What on earth do I mean by that?  Well, I think it's really interesting how when we're looking at something, we look directly at it, we might walk around it to get a different vantage point, we look at the foreground, the middle-ground and the background.  So I’m taking that idea of space folding out and folding in and make work about those spaces.

At the moment I have been working on some watercolour works, because I’ve been constrained by having no studio at present, so I can’t make really big works.

The works above include shapes of transparent watercolour, but I also really like playing opaque colours off the transparent.  It gives a bit of a shift in the space.  The transparent being something you can, in theory, see through, the opaque something to can’t see through. 

Although I think this is a work in itself, it also feels a bit like a planning drawing for a large scale installation.  I don’t know how I’d actually make such a work, but I definitely have some ideas to try out.

Summer holidays are going to allow me more time to work on my art, so I will keep going with these drawings/paintings.  And some of them might make it into my exhibition in March.  Woo.

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