Creative Synergy Paintings
Notes on the making of the "Credo" painting part of a creative synergetic collaboration with music composer Liz Johnson.
“I felt that the painting produced during the 3rd session performance suggested further development and so I kept reworking whilst listening to Liz’s viola compositions for the ‘Colwall Requiem for Aleppo’.
The music, written for viola, comprises three parts titled: ‘Meditation 1 Anger, Meditation 2 Falling Tears, Meditation 3 Song Of The Water Well Boy’.
The music is emotionally striking, it brings shivers; the inclusion of Middle Eastern tunes within the classical notes creates a contrast as if a human cry for peace.
The Requiem for Aleppo has triggered a personal connection that relates to migration and displacementwhich I can express through art.
Working on this painting was long and painful. My process evolved by mark making using different mediums and tools, painting fast and intuitively. I searched for answers: creating and destroying. The work becomes a palimpsest of thoughts and feelings.
One way to describe my working process is like having a conversation with the work. I question it, I reflect on it and I work until there is exhaustion and peace, and this is the moment when I know the work is completed.”