‘Beauty is mysterious as well as terrible. God and the devil are fighting there, and the battlefield is the heart of man.’ The words of Dostoevsky seem to beautifully surmise the focus of Francesca Bleay’s work: the tension between chaos and control.
Bleay layers a variety of kaleidoscopic paints, using a litany of techniques and marks. However, this is not where Bleay’s art ends, it is the ‘after’ where her work truly comes into its own. Concerned with how materials react, what marks do to each other – Bleay’s work investigates the reactional process, and how, given chance, chaos is born from control and might give way to beauty.