22 Jun - 15 Jul 2017
Beneath its russet wood, a wardrobe is a very white almond, says Gaston Bachelard in The Poetics of Space. Its inner space is intimate space.
This latest body of work discovers intimacy within spaces of domesticity. Translucent layers of watercolour, oil, or synthetic polymer paint build up to form the patterned surfaces and textured interiors sourced from a growing collection of interior design images. Despite the non-personal nature of these designed spaces, the paintings reveal that fabricated rooms and furnishings can nonetheless generate a poetic sense of familiarity. Tenderness is found in the folds of a never-before-seen bedspread; armchairs creak under imaginary weightless bodies. These are painted images laden with nostalgia for the forgotten spaces of intimate moments. Resisting any sort of overarching linearity, each painting instead exists in a fragmented period of time that combine to tell an alternate narrative.