Space – the final frontier!

External Space l and ll

Movement, Memory and Space.

Locating myself in a space is much easier when movement is involved, that movement can be your own or something else also within the space you are at the time, but also involved is memory as we record previous positions or movements which deteriorate quickly in the memory remaining only long enough for us to calculate our relationship to other objects or people in a space.

The two works ‘External Space’ were created using these three elements, movement through perceived altered image size as something moves away  or towards you, the loss of memory of earlier images of the movement or relationship to a stationary object as the mind concentrates on the current situation. The drawings below are early sketches which demonstrate the idea.

Movement Drawing 01; a figure recorded moving across a space.

Movement Drawing 01; a figure recorded moving across a space.

Movement Drawing 02; a figure moving away from me in a space.

Movement Drawing 02; a figure moving away from me in a space.

These drawings were made from watching people and so were very rapid sketches, they are manipulated in that I returned to the images after they were initially made and exaggerated the definition in the final images with darker lines to convey time and so movement in the drawings.

One unintentional thing that came out of the drawings was a sense of rhythm through the recording of the movements.

The actual paintings were the first I made on voile which is a fine lining fabric which is coated with rabbit skin glue then primed.

I choose to use blue greys because I felt strong colours would detract from the three elements I was exploring and concentrated on the perceived size differences and the vagueness of outline. The impression of space follows.

External Space l,  Oil on voile, image size 57cm x 57cm.

External Space l, Oil on voile, image size 57cm x 57cm.

Both paintings  External Space l and ll can be seen in Page 4 Abstracts and geometric located under the Blog title.

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