Artist Statement

 

I consider the natural world not only as an inherent part of us as human beings, but that it is an echo, a divinely sensitive reflection of our own inner being.


For as long as I can remember, the natural world has been a place of refuge and renewal. There is a certain joy to being in the landscape, a desire to be quiet and listen to the changes in nature, to feel the seasons, the time and the temperature of the day, watch the river flow and know that this view will never resonant exactly the same way again.


The process of working with materials that help tell the story is an integral part of my process. I work mainly in oil paints that are thinly applied and poured in numerous thin layers, working up towards a fuller more varied surface, layering on and scraping back, searching for the form as I go. The line, the abstract space and fractured colour all create rhythms within the work, every new mark on the surface causes a chain reaction and opens up new possibilities within the work.


My paintings become an act of reverence for the landscape, a desire to study and observe the natural beauty and profound complexity of nature around me. I look for a point between recognition, of the landscape, and the sensed experience of it. The abstraction allows for a layering of meaning that can be experienced in unison, the painting therefore is never static, yet there is an element of spirit, too, in a constant striving for something just beyond the visible.


Jo Davenport

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