Several months ago I sent off an application for an artist in residency programme on Waiheke Island at the Waiheke Community Art Gallery. I don’t usually do such things, I have always thought it was something that other artists did and there was a mysterious knack or technique of writing the right thing. It might also be about acting when the right opportunity arises. Anyway I did apply and hey presto I got the gig.
The residency is for three months followed by a solo exhibition in the gallery. My proposal is to make a body of paintings that explores alternative ways of representing the landscape. Recently I have been making paintings that explore the landscape through GPS mapping, walking the landscape and recording my movement resulting in some line forms, this quality of line can find its way into my paintings. For sometime I have been aware that walking doesn’t always mean seeing, you can walk a mile and not remember seeing anything because the brain has decided that it wants to think about something else something internal. Also their may be a latent image tucked away in your subconscious that finds its way in the paintings in the studio.
I am looking forward to making a series of paintings that has a sense of flow to them and I want to open myself up to new discoveries.