is an attempt to relate the human experience. Using applications
of thin translucent colour, intensity is achieved with several layers
of paint. After the base colour has been absorbed (into my subconscious
as well as the canvas) contrasting colour is applied, rubbed back,
spread over, sponged and soaked up; the whole process endeavouring
to create a light filled space.
The physical interaction with the materials involved in the process
of developing the image is an important aspect of my work. The freedom
to use gestural, expressive movements across the canvas, release
both a physical and mental energy that acts as a kind of cathartic
exercise, which allows me to expel my ghosts and expel fears. These
marks also break up the uniformity of the flat colour surface and
act as to bear witness as to the human involvement in the creation
of the abstract image.
For me this method of working is evocative of memories bringing
past experiences to the surface, sometimes reminding us of things
we would rather forget. We try to hide things from our past, but
experience always leaves its mark, a trace of the past is always
left behind. Experience in our memory forms part of our present
and also effects us in the future. Abstraction allows me the freedom
to express my individuality, to challenge and explore within the
confines of a defined framework.
I am trying to incorporate the structure composition with that
of spontaneous, gestural expressionism; attempting to create space
and light through colour. Looking at the relationship between line
and its surrounding space. Parallel lines running off the edges
of the canvas; refer to Barnett Newman's theory, relating to man's
experience of time. I see it as, a thread, no beginning no end,
our past being part of our present as well as the future'.
Christine O'Reilly Wilson was born in Birkenhead in 1961. She studied
art at John Moores University, 1993 - 1996 and University College,
Chester, 1996-7. Selected exhibitions include Visionfest Albert
Dock Liverpool 1995, the Blackburn Gallery Birkenhead 1997, Coopers
and Lybrand Pier Head Liverpool 1997, The Beluga Bar Liverpool 1998,
The View Gallery Liverpool 1998, Blackburne House Liverpool 2002,
Atkinson Art Gallery Southport 2003.