I became interested in nets and lattices as a metaphor for energy of all kinds some years ago. As an artist whose influences range from physics to Buddhism to psychiatry, energy is the common thread :emotional energy, the multiple energy forms in physics, the energy we confront in dealing with mental conflicts etc. So often times in my work you will see a colour and a superimposed interlacing lattice of lines. This is where the motif comes from. This painting is an example of these ideas from around 2011.
This is the way I previously described my work. “Organicity” is the concept that I coined. It really boils down to capturing the essence and form of Nature in paintings. In other words, all the lines and structures and repeated forms are all reminiscent of what you see in the world of nature. Energy forms are the parlance of physics, and so many paintings are an attempt to create a visual portrayal of energy, whether it’s electromagnetic or gravitational or dark matter. This then is in metaphorical resonance with our internal energies and emotional states. We emerge into bardo states and meditative contemplation states of mind. That’s what this “Organicity” thing was all about. Now it’s too jargonised for me to refer to. The description or theorising about art should never be necessary for full experience of the depth of a painting. I want a person who has never read about art to feel and enter into the visual world inside a frame that is a metaphor for their own Self.
In many of my paintings, I attempt to capture different forms of energy. This reflects the pathways of my reading life into the world of physics and biology, as well as the invisible energies in literary narratives where you feel immersed in a strong atmosphere. That’s why you will see repeating patterns of overlapping waves as below. Why should waves be my motif of energy? I don’t know, except to say I think we are again getting into the realm of a universal archetype. The biggest point here is that abstract art itself is the embodiment of atmospheres. Each painting that works seems to have captured an atmosphere that even words fail to describe.
Painting at night out in the bush studio, these paintings quickly took shape as energies and as atmospheres. The sound of the night, the cool night air, the insects of the night : all of these sensory elements combine to give you a feeling. That is the Night. The atmosphere of the Night. Energies that cannot be easily described.