a pause of unspecified length on a note of rest.
I can be a bit of a ‘rules’ person. If you tell me that a task I am unfamiliar with needs to be done within certain parameters, I’ll work diligently within those confines until I become more comfortable with the tools and the process. Since that is how my brain typically works, it’s probably to my benefit that I was never brave enough to apply to art school. If I am overwhelmed with too much technical information, I find difficulty in starting things. I don’t know the official rules of composition and I haven’t read much into color theory for these very reasons. I’d rather create unhampered by rules and theories, learn from my mistakes and approach others whose work is achieving an effect that catches my eye and ask them how they did that.
I began painting pieces for this show with no fixed theme in mind. I didn’t want the stress that can come with adhering to a theme while creating a body of work. I set out just to paint whatever came to mind and see what themes or common threads emerged from the paintings. I was also randomly reading up on musical terms, and I came across the term fermata. To my mind, the thread that connects them all reminded me a little of music. Small sections in a larger composition that one doesn’t really think about. Not necessarily the notes themselves, but the pauses between the notes. That space. Music is fluid like memory. When asked about a trip you went on, impressive views immediately come to mind. The vistas! When you reached the top of a peak on a hike and saw the vista rolling away from you in every direction. Or a lit up city from an airplane window on a clear night as you are landing. We easily forget about the smaller moments in between our departure and that vista we are seeking. These paintings aim to capture those kind of fluid transitory moments in memory, or pauses of unspecified length. If these paintings were part of a musical score, some of them would be definitive, long pauses (one of the bigger paintings) or a series of notes played quickly with short pauses between (some of the smaller works).
As the viewer you can pause and enjoy the experience of fermata for as little or long as you like, as you would meandering through your own memories or while listening to a favorite bit of music.
Below are all the images that are included in the show at Galerie du Vieux Saint-Jean.