Palm is my most recent work in the exhibition, demonstrating current painterly concerns and lines of enquiry. It’s a painting that exults in its physicality while simultaneously acknowledging the influence of the virtual. Inspiration for the piece came from ideas around landscape, escapism and the transportive potential of paint.
The composition was planned using collage which allows for a vital aspect of spontaneity. Through the use of collage, I am able to negotiate the relationships between compositional elements and spatial configurations on the picture plane.
The rectangle is a recurring motif in my work. It relates not only to screen aesthetics, but also the historical idea of the traditional rectangular frame and the image contained within. The edges are always an important aspect in terms of how the build-up of paint describes and documents the painting process.
The metallic gouache used in this piece also aids the push and pull between the materiality of the painting as an object, and the way it functions as a window into a new field of vision. Palm looks at the idea of concealing and revealing, giving hints of previous layers which are semi visible beneath the surface.
Lisa Denyer is a local award-winning artist based in Manchester. She graduated from Coventry University in 2009 with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art. Much of Lisa’s work is inspired from the time she spent living in Berlin. The vibrancy of the city inspired and adapted her style. She started to introduce bright colours into her work to help her feel warm while working from a freezing cold studio. Lisa’s practice explores the polarities of a slow, considered painting process against the speed and sensory perceptions of daily life. Surfaces are developed using collage in an approach which is both spontaneous and contemplative. The panels she uses are dense and weighty, usually made from heavy plywood, clay, panel, sandpaper, or wood.
My practice explores the polarities of a slow, considered painting process against the speed and sensory perceptions of daily life. The work relates to the body, the spaces we inhabit, and the visuals we are presented with on a day-to-day basis.
Surfaces are developed using collage in an approach that is both spontaneous and contemplative. Geometric elements are tested in variations using paper cut outs before a composition is set, often framing gestural marks.
The supports are dense and weighty and usually handmade. I use heavy plywood, clay, panel, sandpaper, or wood as surfaces on which to work. These are selected for their textual qualities and for the way they assist, and disrupt the application of paint.