Lynne Shaw Art

Contemporary painting and collage

Artist Statement

I’m explore and question the function, value and expectations of art using paint and found material.

Entering the unknown through a fluid, playful process, allows me to produce work beyond anything I’m already aware of. It allows me to examine unrelated elements, re-assemble and build new relationships and generate surprise combinations. I don’t know, when I start, what my end result will be, but I recognise it emerging once it starts to happen. Each piece of work evolves from a process of destruction and chance occurrences and re-emerges as a complete piece.

By utilising components of a personally selected, pre-archived collection of fragments, I’m able to engage with and investigate how remnants, detritus and signifiers of today’s society can be transformed. I question preconceptions surrounding the production and value of art and break down traditional aesthetic.

Popular, mass-media magazines, photographs, newspapers, packaging and internet imagery are a constant source of inspiration. By revealing layers and textures built up during the painting process, it is my aim to create work that inspires a slower, more considered period of observation that highlights and contradicts the rapid consumption of imagery generated by today’s digital age. 

This hybrid interaction with paint and collage allows me to reflect the way I see the world and extends the language of each medium. It enables me to deconstruct every day materials and re-present rather than represent. I’m looking for the materialisation of something new and search for combinations – of various scale – that evolve from a place of unknown discovery.

What I’m ultimately looking to achieve is a result derived from my engagement in time and space. Whilst acknowledging the resilience and rich history of painting and implementing many of its proven techniques, I feel no obligation to produce work by a formulaic or familiar process.

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