• Chrissie Calvert

What a Pallet Affords

Here are some of the things that I have been puzzling through the last two weeks.


  1. How can I work with materials to reveal more of what they can afford to an idea?

  2. When painting, how can I give material more agency? -Does this connect to what it can afford?

  3. How does my work relate to neo expressionism and where do I stand with what it affords to the read of my work?

  4. Is pareidolia a way of understanding what I value to in the realm of painting?


1. How can I work with materials to reveal more of what they can afford to an idea?

  • By being un-precious and re working what needs to without holding back.

  • Using different instruments to manipulate the materials (rollers, brushes, sticks, pouring etc)

  • Stopping and reflecting on what a material has done and why.

  • Make mistakes and ruin paintings and then learn from the mess, what works, what doesn't.


2. When painting, how can I give material more agency? -Does this connect to what it can afford?

  • By giving the painting time to breathe, and giving myself space from it, I can leave it to set without myself intervening for a while

  • I think a materials agency is intimately connected with what it can afford, I think this is because a material can only work within its physical limits.


3. How does my work relate to neo expressionism and where do I stand with what it affords to the read of my work?

  • Neo expressionism is:

"In general, Neo-Expressionist works are characterised by their intense expressive subjectivity, highly textural applications of paint, vividly contrasting colours and return to large-scale narrative imagery."

-https://www.sothebys.com/en/art-movements/neo-expressionism


Artist of interest in the genre


  • Julian Schnabel (American, born 1951) - He created the album art for Red Hot Chilli Peppers' "By The Way"



  • Jean-Michel Basquiat- (American, 1960–1988)

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled (Warrior) Skateboard Decks,

1982. 787 x 203 mm


  • I think my work definitely talks to neo expressionism in its value of the imagination. Although I don't think neo expressionism fully fits my work, there are some similar values. The values my work and Neo expressionism share are: Tendency to include the figure without the need to perfect the form, raw emotion, rough handling of the paint and narrative. The values which set me apart from neo expressionists work are: My material experimentation and investigation into what materials afford.


4. Is pareidolia a way of understanding what I value to in the realm of painting?

  • Probably since it involves my psyche projecting meaning onto an image which others may not afford to it.

Below are my studio works in progress. All materials are salvaged. The fabric is from a textile factory which is shutting down below where my mum works, the pallets are from around my work area and the paint is from paint recycling. I do want to look into how using salvaged materials can increase a discarded items value.






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