Caroline Banks - Twenty Five Small Black

Caroline Banks - Twenty Five Small Black


Ink on paper sections, mounted and framed

An early piece from the circular disc journey, this collection of 25 small disc studies is painted with black ink on watercolour paper, each one different yet related and painted over the space of a few days. Each disc changed from the glisten and fluidity of wet ink to a delicate memory fixed when dry. The repetition was meditative and ritualistic resulting in a sensitive and contemplative piece. The sensitivity of these early ink pieces continues as the ink will fade if exposed to strong light.

Mounted and framed with limed pale wood.

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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