"It is that which is innate within us all that has my full attention..."
My work explores Consciousness, prompting a deep desire to express this in a form of beauty that is an offering and invitation to the viewer.
I love the white of a blank canvas. It offers something so still and complete, and yet the movement to make a mark comes, and the wonderment of expressing begins.
I often start with ‘scribbles’. Using whatever the hand is drawn to, the markings become a series of – a little scribble here, a little scribble there; then something that looks like a written language but is not, a broad sweep across the canvas and back into a little scribble again. The ‘scribbles’ are often my first layer; full of abandonment and joy and eventually becoming hidden under layers of paint, secretly offering their mindless presence to the viewer.
The paint is poured onto the canvas, then moved in tandem with the body, like a Sufi dancer spinning into stillness. The paint finds its own path across the surface, delighting the Seeing whichever way it goes. Layers upon layers are created until a maze of colour sits reflecting the viewer. Then for reasons that are never understood, it is time for white, which is poured to cover and reveal a new form. And the Seeing is yet again exponentially delighted.
My studio practice is pretty organic, directed by an internal calling. This can mean days, weeks and even months can go by before the pull arises. However it often appears, in retrospect, that a sequence of ‘promptings’ have pointed towards the moment when paint is in hand. I often use sound, my own or that of Luke Howard for example, to settle the mind and deepen a resting in the body.
At the moment my art is an exploration of colour and movement within the simplicity of a circle, starting and finishing with my first love – white. Keeping it slow and simple is how goes these days, for it is that which is innate within us all that has my full attention, and the seeming ‘stopping’ that catches a glimpse.
– Melinda Blair Paterson