A bit of background.
Making the small paintings fits with my ethic of making: all my life I have made things from what was around.
This comes from the challenge of making something worthwhile, beautiful, or useful from something that isn’t any of those things any more, or would otherwise be thrown away. It’s a different process entirely from planning a big painting – it’s another thread of my work, but the underlying ideas are the same.
Lately, I had some scraps of canvas which were the trimmings from cutting shapes to make a 3D painted canvas work during my MA last year. After LD1 in March 2020, I couldn’t get any more of this canvas, so I wondered how I could use these leftover scraps. I had a pair of two big paintings to finish, but after these were done, I tackled the scraps.
I cut the scraps and layered the pieces on top of each other, and using some of my photos as reference, I drew the images onto the canvas and started painting. I’ve always loved the edges of things, the borders, perimeters, fraying, shredding, and because these scraps were literally scraps, some of them were already well frayed.
At the moment, as I write in April 2021, real life as exhibitions are only happening in a very limited way, and so there is less chance of selling bigger paintings, let alone having private views! Artists need to pay their bills too, though, (!) so the Artist Support Pledge, which I’ve just joined, is a great idea to keep things ticking over, and I can sell these small works for the required price £200 or less.