Barking up the wrong tree
acrylic paint, linen
180 x 240 cm
Courtesy of the artist
My art has been mainly text based for the last 20 years. It's an ongoing exploration of the visual potential of words through the use of vernacular language and popular culture. In recent paintings, snippets of conversation, argument and dialogue are transformed using the conventions of formal abstraction and graphic design to both confuse the original function of the words and phrases and elevate them to a pictorial object. The negative spaces around the letters become positive. The viewer becomes part of the work as they unravel the text and say the phrase.
'Barking up the wrong tree is a saying that seems particularly relevant to me in this current climate of misguided thought and wrong course of action. It implies a certain confusion and complete misunderstanding of the situation. We have probably all been guilty of this at some stage and know someone else who has been guilty of this. The upside is some things are barking up the right tree.'
This artwork will be on display in the 2023 Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize Finalist Exhibition from Saturday 25 November 2023 until Sunday 18 February 2024.
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