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Light shining through paintings

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Detail of a painting leaning against a window, oil on canvas

Paintings are in transit, and as I walked out of the emerging gallery space this painting caught my eye. One of the things I am fascinated in my art practice is by making or doing things that are fleeting. I have returned to painting after years of making work that is long gone even many of the photographs of that work have long gone too! I still like to make ephemeral work as well. I think the two ways of working help each other when things get too permanent, I go and do something impermanent and vice versa. James has been really encouraging and that has helped me a lot to make both permanent and transient art. Once you leave college it is hard to keep going on your own without support, sugar I have no excuses! 

This is a darker version of the same painting. I liked that it looked quite dramatic! An oil painting is thought of as an unchangeable, permanent thing, I find it interesting to play around with that notion, even of the actual painting does not change, how we see it can be very different. One of the paintings I remember changing most was one I painted many years ago, I used oil and mixed media, the surface was smooth in places and gritty in others and has many different textures so depending where you stand or what light you see it in it looks completely different even though the whole painting is blue. I like the idea of paintings being lit from the back, it reveals different marks, such as where the paint is thinner or there have been paint taken away like the words I wrote by using the back of the paint brush. This painting is called Love.

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Written by Marianne Slevin

26 March, 2009 at 11:43 am

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Paper Poppy Seed Heads

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A while ago, I made two paper Poppy seed heads and put some of James’ Juniper berries inside of them, so when they are rotated they make a sound like pebbles being dragged by the tide. After several weeks in the west of Clare, the juniper berries had started to soften and the paper was not so crispy, so the rolling berries made little sound! It was time to be plunged into hot wax, minus berries. Now they hold their shape and are slightly transparent when the light shines through them. I put some of the wax in it’s bead form inside the heads, it makes a great sound!

Last night, I started stitching a new one, it was made with firmer brown paper and I reckoned that some stitching would work instead of wax. I died the white thread with some liquid blusher, another one has lipstick on it! (the nearest one in the photograph). Another Artist who uses stitching in her work is Kirsty Hall and I would really recommend you having a look at her inspiring and informative sight.

The holes that the needle make when I stitch look like little stars when You look through them towards the light! I like to be playful and experimental with my sewing. Before I started stitching I had just been outside and looked up at the stars and they were amazing! Then I looked down at the ground and the line of shells along the garden path had been scattered into a very star-like Milky Way!

Written by Marianne Slevin

29 October, 2008 at 10:51 am