Visual Artist – Abstract Expressionism – Intuitive Processes
Philosophy of Practice
Through intuitively based artworks that include large scale paintings, I strive to evoke a sense of pause within a visually perceived momentum in order to find focus. I’m forever tantalised by the idea of capturing the essence of life’s persistent rhythm and sublime impermanence. It has become clear to me that I have an insatiable curiosity for how life works as I continue to question the concept of existence and the desire to make and leave a mark.
The natural environment has a significant influence and is a constant source of inspiration. Scales have been dramatically expanded in direct response to the overwhelming sensation experienced whilst trying to comprehend ‘the bigger picture’ in order to find my own place within it. The studio is my temple, a sacred place of contemplation and as I physically move around in the space I gain a more acute sense of rhythm which I postulate is my own personal connection to this existential experience of life.
Nature is inherently rhythmic, like the blood that courses through our veins it has a tempo. I wonder if it is an external or an internal rhythm that I have become more aware of in the process and surmise a connection between the two. It is this sense of rhythmic, undulating movement and poetic configuration of line, form and colour from which a sense of ‘liveliness’ is perceived.
Organic patterns of random occurrence intrigue me – textures, shapes and colours that intertwine, connect and communicate with each other. Paint thrown onto linen and clay thrown onto the wheel without a preconceived idea invites the exciting element of unpredictability and presents a kaleidoscope of unforeseen possibilities to be contemplated. I throw, scrape, drag, pour, push and pull – physically impressing myself upon and into the raw materials at hand.
In paintings, an exciting entanglement of both gloss and matt paints visually bounce upon the surface in stark contrast to each other. An interplay which further enhances a sense of liveliness and depth of layers. The implication of life and the labour of time verify my presence amongst them. Feeling one’s way through the creative process allows intuition to be the guiding factor toward direction and meaning within the work. Apparent randomness exhibits purpose and order in the final product where a variety of elements and subtle layers are refined and brought together as one exuberant and cohesive form of self-expression.
Kerrie Warren MCA
A multidisciplinary Visual Artist who explores Abstract Expressionism, Action Painting, Installation, Ceramics & her Philosophy of Practice