“The power of colour and its role is to tell us what agitates the heart”.
My work is a combination of painting and printmaking, pills an exploration of the relationship between colour and form.  I apply artist’s acrylics and oils in various ways to reference aspects of decorative motifs and interior design, impotent creating an eye catching visual environment that intrigues.
The painterly space created in these works offers a sense of depth that the viewer might feel they could almost step into.  The shape of the paintings suggests a screen-like reference to the ‘technical sublime’.  I aim for some sense of overwhelm – an experience that is “fundamentally transformative, about the relationship between disorder and order, and the disruption of the stable coordinates of time and space”.
Richard Galpin has been a strong influence in particular his essay “Erasure in Art: Destruction, Deconstruction and Palimpsest” has been key in my understanding of the signification of layers and erasure in painting and printmaking.  The Gestalt concept of ‘multileveled-ness’ has also been important, explaining “how the subject matter and structure of artworks can make them carriers of a multiplicity of meanings that stimulate reflection and a greater depth of emotional response.”

 

Gemma McGrath

 

Gemma McGrath

 

Gemma McGrath