Oil on wood

It was stories I loved first - being lost in them, transported. My paintings are small - mostly book-sized for the intimacy of scale, often designed to sit object-like on a shelf rather than hang on a wall. Each one is a story - distance and travel, memory, connection, light, longing, the unknown, remembered places.


at the points

our paths cross,

the interactions

and entanglements

with matter.

Sensing what we

cannot name

and listening

in the silence

of the peripheral

to what cannot be said

with words.

I paint intuitively and responsively in relation to the piece of wood I am working on. The wood is always gifted or given, by boatbuilders, carpenters, sculptors, friends. It comes with a story.
Things are called forth in the process; sensory responses, interactions with place, matter, light & memory. I like the immediacy of connection between the wood and the paint. 


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

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



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

Landscape has always been kith and kin, language, home.

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