SURFACE WORK - 3D virtual exhibition by Roanne ODonnell


Mon, 03/01/2021 to Wed, 06/30/2021

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SURFACE WORK is selected from a series of paintings and frottage, which I began in 2017 and first installed in the derelict building yard, Antigua Cine in the mountain village of Montejaque, Spain.

The subject of my work is the process of making it, limitation, restriction and repetition. Restricting my materials and with a strict, mark-making action, I deliberately control the painfully slow progression of the surfaces. It is a twenty-year investigation.

The mark is a horizontal line. The most direct I know.
The substrate is paper.
Binders are limited to oil and cold wax.
Materials are restricted to ivory black pigment, graphite and charcoal.
The physical process is the monotonous repetitive movement of making lines by bending over paper, laid flat, and drawing the line or moving my paint mixtures across the surface over and over, again and again.
The concept is gemination: ”No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man.” Heraclitus of Ephesus.

As a painter working within minimalist principles, and with no reference other than the process of making work and the resulting surface, I have no place for personal influence, but after so many years of investigation, I decided to acknowledge the origin of my absorption; the coal miners in my family working underground. It is a homage to the manual labour of these men, who repeated their laborious, monotonous, restricted movements digging in the confined space and darkness of the deepest coal mine in Scotland, The Glencraig Colliery, at 610 metres below ground.

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