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Komini by srebrinaM Komini :iconsrebrinam:srebrinaM 9 9 Trip by brandon-macdonald Trip :iconbrandon-macdonald:brandon-macdonald 5 2 trawiata by egotyk trawiata :iconegotyk:egotyk 23 8 energia piramidal by Par4noid energia piramidal :iconpar4noid:Par4noid 53 8 Untitled I by paintpaint Untitled I :iconpaintpaint:paintpaint 2 2 Snapped by RuningWildInTheNight Snapped :iconruningwildinthenight:RuningWildInTheNight 1 0 Portrait, detail by jopearce Portrait, detail :iconjopearce:jopearce 6 2 The Devil's Breath by peggymintun The Devil's Breath :iconpeggymintun:peggymintun 855 153 Secrets by SheDreamsInColour Secrets :iconshedreamsincolour:SheDreamsInColour 195 43 Paris by broda502 Paris :iconbroda502:broda502 18 1 Istanbul Not Constantinople by hakanphotography Istanbul Not Constantinople :iconhakanphotography:hakanphotography 2,436 244 octo by chapolito octo :iconchapolito:chapolito 71 16 coffee sleeves by ArtByAlexChiu coffee sleeves :iconartbyalexchiu:ArtByAlexChiu 5 2 preview. by tilveratre preview. :icontilveratre:tilveratre 9 3 El teatro by LvenokMargo El teatro :iconlvenokmargo:LvenokMargo 4 4 tease me like you do by hesterkin tease me like you do :iconhesterkin:hesterkin 5 2



Vanessa Smith
United Kingdom
Historically artists have viewed abstraction as a tool for accessing another plane of thought or existence. For some it was the world of dreams and the subconscious, for others a spiritual place, transcending matter and formal relationships. But however much one may try, is it really possible to represent through painting something as intangible and indescribable as the imagination or sprit?

As a painter I see a blank canvas as a space in which to visually explore my own imagination. My work is automatic in the sense that I do not set out to make a painting about anything in particular. As the painting progresses formal relationships begin to establish themselves and direct the rest of the process. To me the shapes and colours are simply imaginary forms existing and conversing with each other within an imagined space.

I am, of course, interested in the way people interact with my paintings and seek to encourage the viewer to enter into an intimate personal relationship with my work both physically and mentally. I find it both frustrating and fascinating that no two people will ever have the same experience when engaging with my paintings. It seems to me an impossible task to enable others to experience my work the way that I do (especially since I am not entirely sure what my own experience is). Outside influences, associations and interpretations will always stand as obstacles to communication, but I do not feel compelled to strive for perfectly accurate communication, simply to construct a potential visual narrative.

Current Residence: Nottingham, UK
Favourite genre of music: singer/songwritery stuff
Favourite photographer: my sister
Favourite style of art: Abstract painting, Surealism and Automatism
Operating System: Windows
MP3 player of choice: Ipod
Favourite cartoon character: Totoro
Personal Quote: oops
Whilst I'm having a mega uploadathon i thought i'd stick this in here too. I'ts the text that goes with the Not Yeti Bookshop series....

   "We have not been able to establish paintings general lexicon or grammar – to put the pictures signifiers on one side and its signifieds on the other" – Roland Barthes

Abstraction is a language that cannot be interpreted.  Its syntax and grammar is constantly changing, depending on who is painting and who is reading.  We can use words to describe the physical and formal properties of a painting. Though many critics and writers may try, we cannot communicate the whole experience of seeing it, and we should not attempt to.

Books are vehicles for language, and the bookshop offers the reader a hundred different experiences but these experiences are restricted and pre-determined by the writer. The story is the same no matter who the reader is. By replacing text with form the number of potential experiences is infinite and unpredictable.

Controlling the visual experience is almost impossible; the viewer/reader brings with them their own associations and interpretations which will always stand as obstacles to communication. Accepting this fact leaves the artist free to explore internal dialogues and relationships without the fear of 'misinterpretation'
  • Listening to: BCC Radio 7
  • Reading: The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • Drinking: Wine


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bbfan77 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
hi, it's Dora :D
wappyness Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010
WhatIsANonSequitur Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2009  Professional General Artist
your welcome. hey would u go and check out my journal entries. comments would be great.

egotyk Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2009
GianniMiquini Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
youre welcome :D
WhiteBoneDemon Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2008   Traditional Artist
I Thank you a bottle of chips for the fav! :star:
galopper Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008
you are so talented.. both as a photographer and artist
peggymintun Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Hello. Thanks for the fav.
kingofallmonsters Featured By Owner May 4, 2008
much thanks for :+fav:ing imperfect skies!
moopf Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for the :+devwatch: :)
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