Artwork available for purchase.
My main motivation is to portray the inherent beauty and harmony that exists in the inter-relationship of colour, composition and form.
I like to work on several pieces simultaneously and my process involves building up layers of materials and textures. My initial layers are thin and fluid, inks and watercolours, as the paintings progress I move into thicker paints, acrylics, varnishes and glazes. I even have a fondness for house paints! I love the way the work builds, it is an art in itself to know when the piece is complete.
Time is a crucial element of my works. I will take an artwork which I think is finished, into my home and live with it for a few weeks. This way the painting gets to tell me if it is complete, if I need to add or subtract any element. Painting and waiting if you will.
The challenges of composition and palette are paramount when working in abstraction, as there is nowhere to hide, no figuration to divert attention from the purity of the application of paint. This sheer act of application is the nexus of my creative motivation. It is the love of the media and the colour that propels the brush.
I start from an open place within, just as I start with a blank canvas. I avoid a self- conscious intention. Abstraction for me, is a way to communicate the ineffable. Colours carries emotion, capture and reflect light. The way the colours exist together, side by side and in varying layers of transparency and opacity is my vehicle, my means towards a perception of visual delight, ease and harmony.
I strive for a sense of peace with my abstractions. Primarily I want these works to emanate a constant pulse of joy to and for the viewer. Then I know my work is done.
When not painting Kirsten pursues her other passions. Spending time with her family and running along the beach trails in Melbourne’s bayside area and training for marathons!
Join us at our launch party
Fri 25 November at 7.00pm til late
Live music / canapés / beverages