(Above) Detail 'The Smoothing (III).
'The Smoothing' is a series of canvases that take working with silicone into the territory of ‘painting’.
Various painting surfaces are prepared, with a second smaller one always selected for a pairing. Silicone is laid on the main canvas whilst it is horizontal and the second used as a ‘tool’ to press first down into and then drawn down along and off the bottom edge.
The already smooth extruded silicone is thus made smoother.
Once cured, both the main and second canvas are wall mounted, paired either above and below, or to the side.
The title ‘The Smoothing’ refers to the physical (soft) drama of the process played out, whilst also carrying references/counter references to the cult horror film ‘The Shining’.
The Smoothing (I)
Conservation grade silicone, canvas on mdf on aluminium, acrylic varnish. 2022
30cm w x 7cm d x 70cm h when paired one above the other.
The Smoothing (II)
Conservation grade silicone, conjoined linen canvases, acrylic varnish. 2022
30cm w x 7cm d x 50cm h
The Smoothing (III)
Premium grade silicone, acrylic painted cotton canvases, 2022
50cm w x 8cm d x 40cm h
The Smoothing (IV)
Conservation grade silicone, paired acrylic painted cotton canvases, acrylic varnish, custom painted tray frames, 2022
50cm w x 5cm d x 40cm h