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Commune.1  2013

 Becoming conscious of nature’s ‘unboundedness’ or ‘unknowability’ reminds us of the conceptual fictions that we live by, and also offers us a way of being comforted by, or delighted by, the potential in the unknown. Shifts in perception must occur to develop new understandings and these slips are evoked, in the paintings, by lines and shapes that are elusive even as they take form.

In her essay Yonder, Siri Hustveldt describes “… mental spaces [that] map our inner lives more fully than any ‘real’ map, delineating the borders of here and there that also shape what we see in the present.” In 'Entangled', the scapes suggest a richness of this kind of mental space, a landscape of the mind that connects us simultaneously to the past as we go forward into the new. Processes of covering and uncovering, reminiscent of the wash of tide or memory, are visible in remnants of paintwork beneath the surface, while the quality of newness engages the viewer in a transparently subjective attempt to know – or see - afresh.

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