• Chrissie Calvert

Letting go of pre-determined shapes

I've been thinking about what the difference is between my better works compared with my shitty works. I think the main thing is that with my better works, I haven't had an end image in my before I start painting. The use of the tree motif was a mistake (in my opinion). My hypothesis is, if I start out thinking "this is going to look like that specific thing", it end up feeling forced and stiff. My newer feel less boring. I am putting more trust in where the paint wants to go, and only adding my agency at the end of the process by allowing my imagination to create a story out of the shapes that appear. Below are some works where I have used this process.



Chrissie Calvert, Anthromorphic Anxiety, 2022. Enamel, Exterior Wood Stain, Lumbersider on Hessian and Ply. 900x900mm



Chrissie Calvert, Untitled, 2022. Enamel, Exterior Wood Stain, Lumbersider on Tawa.



Chrissie Calvert, Aurora Borealis, 2022. Enamel, Exterior Wood Stain, Lumbersider on Old Tawa. 400x800mm



Chrissie Calvert, Hydrothermal Vent, 2022. Enamel, Exterior Wood Stain, Lumbersider on Old Tawa. 800x800mm



Chrissie Calvert, The Traveller, 2022. Enamel, Exterior Wood Stain, Lumbersider on Particle board. 400x800mm


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