92 x 71 cm | 34 x 26 in
Original painting in oil on canvas, with a handcrafted wooden stretcher.
"The painting was created referring to images of the Lake District, combining the shape of the landscape with my experimental use of colour. For this piece, I was thinking particularly about how I could manipulate thick layers of oil paint to create interesting textures and patterns, as well as the idea of how a line of an opposing colour could influence the overall feeling of the painting. 'Lifeline' was also made during my residency at Porthmeor Studios in St Ives, where I would be constantly reminded of the incredible beauty, looking out of the window to the ocean, and also allowing the fantastic light influence my new series of landscape paintings."
Joanna Owst’s paintings are confrontational explorations of self and place. Influenced by Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Owst paints imagery, which suggests that in order to see the environment and the world in which we live – we must first break with familiarity. Indeed, her images of landscapes become abstracted by invasions of loud, explosive, blocks of paint pasted atop of and obscuring the familiar view of hilltops and terrain. These marbled, misshapen painted moments seem to reference explosions and beg the question as to whether the experience of the painting should evoke a similarly explosive in-ward looking experience - with colour and form intercepting each other and causing mayhem on the canvas to create a memorable, curious, and evocative aesthetic.