Acrylic on canvas. 180x120cm
Historically, I generally named my paintings: ‘Untitled’….as I felt that meaning and intention were screamingly obvious and naming seemed an overstatement. It seems however, that that it was not the case. And is still not the case.
Gallery catalogues or wall texts are frequently the first port of call to a visitor. They are effective mediators and facilitators, pointing the viewer in a particular direction, wether that be the intention of the artist or the curator.
Incorporating the title of work into the painting, I simplify and reduce the anxiety of looking for ‘meaning’ on first encounter with new images. This also helps as an aide memoire in contextualising new paintings in previous bodies of work. It’s a useful tool as my meanderings are often radial and texts act as de coders.