Caroline Banks - Study Wall Sixteen

Caroline Banks - Study Wall Sixteen


Gesso, ink, copper leaf on watercolour paper, individually framed

This is a mounted and framed representation of some of the studies which begin their life stuck on my studio wall once dry where I can see them. They are basically separate pages from sketch books, all different experiments and any of which can be worked up into larger pieces. This collection is a mix of works on paper and on linen canvas with a variety of different techniques and materials including copper and silver leaf, ink and gesso. Once created, the studies are then carefully arranged into “families”; all related yet each intensely individual.

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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