Caught in the Act: Nightvale
36" x 24"
Oil paint and cold wax on canvas.
The paintings in this body of work, Caught in the Act, begin with a process of overlaying cold wax mixed with black oil paint overtop of older “finished” work, abandoned ideas and/or failed paintings. Using various tools the thick black wax is removed in sections, although traces of it are always left behind. In response to what visual information is revealed by this excavation further painting incidences are added to surface of the painting, and/or it is cut into so that painting drips down through tubes from behind the canvas. Embellishes are added, colour is laid down on top, drips further interrupting the surface and these actions are framed by the suggestion of curtains. It is a play between concealment and what is revealed.