Caroline Banks - Gesture Study Wall Twelve

Caroline Banks - Gesture Study Wall Twelve


Acrylic paint and copper leaf on watercolour paper, individually framed

This collection of mounted and framed studies was painted using acrylic paint with copper leaf. The idea here was to refine and reduce the gestures to a single continual brush stroke, almost like writing. Copper leaf was then added as a counterpoint to the grey, like a glint of sunlight against a stormy sky. Each piece was arranged with regard to its relationship with the others in the group.

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.

The Zen circle is a key element in her visual vocabulary which she returns to repeatedly. 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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