How difficult it is for us to see the true nature of reality? Mountain started as an exploration of negative space, the pause between what we perceive, and what is actually there. The aesthetic sensibility of these paintings depends upon the shifting of focus on light and dark, and the shifts in spatial depth.
There is an immense importance in the dark passages. one of my favourite artists, Shirazeh Houishary said that ‘darkness shows us the paradox of seeing… form light and space, a pulse of life, a trace of thyself, prior to and beyond differences, in which everyone finds something they can recognise- something akin to visilisation of a human presence.
Mountain 2015 is inspired by my trip to China earlier in the year and visiting the Huang shan – Yellow Mountains. A UNESCP world heritage site, the stunning peaks of Huang Shan, shaped by Quaternary Glaciation 100 million years ago, are world famous.
It’s former name Yishan, Mount Yi, was changes in the Wing Dynasty in 747 AD to Mount Huang thought to be in honour of the mythic Huang Di or Yellow Emperor. He was the mythological Ancesto of the Han Chinese who in one legend ascended to Heaven fron huanf Shan inspired artists and poets ever since.