Memory is all we have to possess the present and carry it forward.
Yet memory shifts, warps and mutates under the pressure of the senses.
Compressed by the immediacy of experience, we literally ‘lose’ the past, both in
tiny fragments and vast passages of recollection. The magnetic sway of painting
has always dwelled within the impossible task- the act of capturing what can
never be retained: the moment.
The works created for this show implement time as both a subject and a physical
The varnish, paint, sand and earth absorb time so slowly, the minutes, hours,
days and weeks submit to the thirst of the dry canvas and the silent witness of
the process. Memory becomes accretion, this concentrated act of remaining and
not departing, this need to remember before we forget. The painting is slow. The
imagery reflects the impermanence of clouds and the weight of glaciers. The
palette is distant, aerial, cold and misted, like an old photograph or a landmass
disintegrating into dusk light.
And every layer serves as a homage to those who taught me and those I love.
The Moment, 2016 series.
This series is dedicated to the memory of artist, Zed Taylor (1968-2016).