Monday, 1 December 2008

Drip paintings 1 and 2

(Oil on panels in gilt frames with infusion stands and diluted pigment in bags, 2008)

We tend to think of objects, like paintings, as inanimate and lifeless, perhaps even as dead. But is it so simple? If we think of other objects as separate from us, as something quite distinct, then we overlook how they form part of our own lived experience. Other things we experience are really an extension of our living selves. In hospitals, IV drips are often administered to sustain life on the edge of death, and here they remind us that as we experience the paintings they come into our life. They are both lifeless and life.

With thanks to SGD (UK) Ltd. for generously supplying IV bags and sets