PICK, Séraphine;

Shedding Light (triptych)

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Oil, graphite and coloured pencil on canvas
1670 x 1220mm (each piece); 1670 x 3660mm (overall)

Shedding Light was first shown in an exhibition at the Claybrook Gallery called Shadow Play. The artist wrote the following statement to accompany the show:

‘These paintings initially came from a series of drawings where I was exploring the idea of memory and how I remembered objects from childhood like the Iron bed, balloons tied to its end, my mothers colander and other domestic objects. Using these images as a shadow play on the layered surfaces. I have worked this way, using many layers of drawings and painting and using light colours to evoke a dream like quality and a thinking process as memories are never quite clear and real.’

‘These works appear quite abstract from a distance, a few marks on the field draw the viewer into the work, then revealing more information (images) on its surface. So images appear out of the surface of the painting like objects evoke memories to appear from the mind, or a place, person or time. The bed is also an ‘island’ for these ‘objects of memory’—being a place to dream. The bandages conceal and support these memories and thoughts. I hope the viewer brings their own memories, knowledge and experience to the work. In this way the viewer completes the work with their perception and interpretation of it.’

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Fletcher Trust Collection, purchased September 1994