What is Abstraction?

The following  article featured  in the St Ives Times & Echo about the current exhibitions in the Penwith Gallery. I found it very interesting and it made me think about my own journey to abstraction. Whilst I was already on the exploration pathway,  together it was St Ives and having my first child in 2005 that propelled me to abstraction and to my ‘hard edged’ bounded style. It suddenly seemed natural for me to abstract from the landscape in St Ives in a way it hadn’t elsewhere. Also, I needed to work in short bursts of time around a baby.  I was suddenly bounded – by time, by responsibilities. But in between those boundaries I was free! And it was then that I realised this was “my thing”.  Throw in text and textures and this was the way I was meant to express myself. Abstract art is not for everyone – but it is for me. The author of the newspaper article clearly believes that where art is purely decorative it has no meaning and is somehow lesser than work with meaning. And of course Picasso claims that; “there is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward…

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