In 2001 during my second year of studying art and design I created this series of paintings for a project, the paper was from memory something to do with environment. I was exploring the way we viewed simple things such as movement and was looking at art forms such as cubism and futurism. I enjoyed the way that if movement was looked at as separate frames it overlaps the image and creates geometric shapes and forms. This made things a little more abstract and distorted but still allowed the subject to be seen by the average person. I also was interested in everyday moments that we constantly see around us which when stood still in a pose or put in a different context, may seem bizarre.
At the time I had borrowed my friend Paul Darragh’s film camera and some other friends were around at my flat just hanging out doing a bit of this and a bit of that, so I thought it was a good time to use them as my subject. Like typical shy Kiwi’s they didn’t really know what to do in front of the camera, in fact they new what do in front of the camera as much as I new what to do with the camera, so we all just did what ever. As a result of making mistakes I managed to take some good reference shots which were coincidentally along similar lines of what I had recently been studying, this was because the shutter was slow, it was indoor with yellow lights and basically everything was set how it shouldn’t be. So below is a number of paintings from the series I created, these bring back fond memories. I ended up gifting most of them to the people in paintings for their birthdays.
Upper Kent Series, 2001, Acrylic on Stretched Canvas, 600mm x 900mm.