16.03.2017: Cut Out the Ugly

This time in two months my work will (should) be hanging ready for exhibition. Two months sounds like a long time until I realise we are 3 months into the new year and that time just flew by!
No need to stress though…. right?!?
Not really. My latest piece I have been working on, number eighteen now I believe, has really taken a new turn. Initially I wanted grey tones to dull the palette down, but I find myself incorperating greens and purple pinks that attribute their own scale of greys.
Work in Progress  (detail)


I am really going to hold myself back with this one, I don’t want to overwork this in the same way I have done with the past few. The painting probably won’t be as dull dull as I had in mind, but will be duller than its siblings.

Unfortunately, the painting hit it’s wall today and left me stuck, unable to continue any further. Pablo seems to think I need to take a step back and look at what I’m doing more often;


“Do you even know what you are doing?”


So, rather than dwell on whatever is or isn’t going to happen, I had some fun cutting up an old painting. Lee Krasner used to cut up sections of her husband’s  (Jackson Pollock’s) paintings that did not work, and revitalise them;


Lee Krasner,  ‘City Verticals’, 1953


Krasner’s work inspired me to use frog tape in my undergraduate works to show the layers and processes of the painting underneath, now I use a glaze medium for a similar concept. 

The beauty of my course is that, if something does not work, I can cut it up or attempt to salvage it, or simply destroy it. Whereas someone who has to write an essay, can not simply paper shred it to rejumble the words as a means to fix it. (I guess it wouldn’t hurt to try though?).



Paintings that conceive


Untitled #Sixteen, as can be seen on my gallery page, Exhibition One, was not as strong as it could have been, so I’m going to cut up the best bits and make smaller samples of it instead. Taking a circle cut mount, I am honing in on the stronger aspects of the painting, and making them into their own pieces.

They say that painting is therapeutic,  there is nothing quite like cutting up a bad painting.


Sixteen (crop) I

One Comment Add yours

  1. Amber says:

    I love the circle crops! It’s such a good idea to rescue a painting that didn’t work.

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