“I am two”
Exhibition at the Café in Priory Park, Crouch End, London N8

30 January – 31 March 2016

This exhibition consists of paintings that have been made directly from life in January 2016 of trees around my house, just north of Priory Park, near Alexandra Palace.

I am very interested in the illustration of growth that the form of trees in winter reveal. The tree forms you see have been painted with immediacy using a Chinese calligraphy brush in one short sitting.

I often incorporate writing into paintings; in a sense I am painting with writing. Into each of these images the phrase ‘I am two’ has been written over and over again.

At the time of making I was 7-8 months pregnant – and wanting to use the occasional quiet time I had to paint these to reflect on my second pregnancy; the notion of “being two” and how wonderful and powerful an experience that is.

And at the same time to reflect on the parallel meaning of that phrase for my daughter, who is two year’s old. What does it feel to be two years old and all the intense experience of growth that this encompasses?

So the paintings have been made in an act of reflection on these two states of being which are so significant in my life right now. All the while the trees outside my house are in a constant state of growth and becoming too…

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