Caroline Banks - Reflect

Caroline Banks - Reflect


Gesso and ink on natural linen board 40x40cm

As the name suggests, this is a meditative piece using a tonal range of both blue acrylic ink and white gesso. The circular gesture is repeated over a period forming layers of time. The square natural linen board is a neutral foil for this piece, painted just before Impermanence (triptych).

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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