Caroline Banks - Transience

Caroline Banks - Transience


Gesso and Ink on canvas 180x140x4cm

This large canvas was painted in response to a challenge to prove that I can work with a different colour palette than the cool blues, blacks and greys that I am more known for. After matching the colours specified, the painting developed in multiple layers. The mark-making was additionally influenced by recent experiments of drawing in virtual reality, sculpting in space which is an exciting potential future avenue to explore. There are a couple of framed smaller studies on canvas board to support this painting.

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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