92 x 71 cm | 34 x 26 in
Original painting in oil on canvas.
"Piece made during my residency at Porthmeor studios. The painting reflects my interest in the way that landscape fades into the horizon in shades of blue/grey - an atmospheric perception. I had first witnessed this properly when I hiked up a mountain in Pfalzerwald, Germany. After painting the soft blue layers of land, I wanted to bring something vibrant to act as a dramatic foreground. This cadmium red worked perfectly next to the shades of phthalo blue, and the line shows the process of movement of the raw oil paint that was dragged across the canvas."
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.