My work is based around systems; I make large abstract paintings and prints of dispersing geometric shapes that address how an artwork is constructed and how it responds to the space in which it is formed. I use simple numbering systems that enable the work to expand and gradually change, often with unexpected results.
My current series of subtle wall drawings ‘Fields of Light’ uses handmade egg tempera paint in the tradition of frieze paintings. In my construction method, I investigate the effects of light, surface and scale. This in turn allows the viewer to recognize the relationship between architecture, installation art and decoration whilst introducing a traditional medium to a modern context. Each piece is designed to change with the light of the day emphasizing the passing of time and the ephemeral nature of the work.
My screen prints complement the wall drawings by using systems to explore artistic process further. In the series ‘Suggestions’ and ‘Traces’, method takes control of the image, as each printed layer allows traces of previous marks to be transplanted within the image as dictated by the numbering system. This shifting of imagery indicates the struggle between the artists’ touch and the mechanical printing method.
I am influenced by artists who use systems in their work particularly Sol LeWitt, Marta Marce and Bernard Frize. Each artist uses rules to challenge their practice, testing respectively the relationship between the idea and the artwork, applying limits to highlight the qualities of the materials used and to explore the logic of geometry.
To find out more about me please visit my website: www.fionagrady.co.uk
Summer Shows 2012
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