Caroline Banks - Gesture Diptych

Caroline Banks - Gesture Diptych


Gesso, ink and moon gold leaf on natural linen canvas 60x120x3.5cm

As with many other pieces, the unpainted is as important as the painted; what matters is the balance. The gesso then indigo acrylic ink were painted in one stroke across both panels with the sharp edge of ink from a fully-loaded brush running over the gesso changing as it carries its journey from right to left to the other panel. This is one of the rare paintings using moon gold leaf, a pale gold celebrating the splashes on the left panel and only used in the heart of the ink stroke on the right panel.

Caroline uses the expressive and gestural quality of brush, gesso and ink with gilding and piercing in her explorations into the fluid and fugitive nature of memory, bearing witness to the passage of time. Some pieces can appear almost archaeological, surviving fragments from an unknown past.

Chance is an important element of the creative, meditative process with unpredictability playing its ever-present role as in life. She works with her materials on the knife-edge of control; once a mark has been made it cannot be taken back and the interplay between materials is itself a fascination.  

Her aim is to create contemplative yet celebratory pieces, giving the viewer time for quiet reflection in today’s busy and sensorially bombarded world.

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