Oil on wood

Painting is like the unfolding of a story. 
My paintings tell of my felt experience of and connection to landscape -
sensory responses to interactions with place, matter, light and 
memory.

I paint intuitively and responsively in relation to the piece of wood I am working on. I like the immediacy of connection between the wood and the paint. 

Each piece of wood I work on comes with a story already, they are gifted from boatbuilders, carpenters, sculptors, they come with the marks of their journeys, the cuts of a chainsaw, cracks. They smell of Bay, Oak, Chestnut...

I write more about the connections with words and sculpture here in my post 'Words and Pictures'

and more about resonance and vibrant matter in
'At the Sweet Shop'.

 

 

The second part of my childhood was in a wild, beautiful part of North Wales. The forms and energy of that landscape is deeply imprinted and comes instinctively.

I'm interested in Landscape as language and how it defines our sense of belonging.

In Welsh the word 'Hiraeth' captures something of that sense of kinship, connection and longing.

 

 

"We experience the sensuous world only by rendering ourselves vulnerable to that world. Sensory perception is this ongoing interweavement: the terrain enters into us only to the extent that we allow ourselves to be taken up within that terrain.......

David Abram, The Spell of the Sensuous

Original artworks are for sale and limited edition prints available. Please email me if you'd like to know more info@jennyarran.co.uk

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All images and words © Jenny Arran 2020