Gillian Adair Mcfarland

Gillian Adair Mcfarland

Researcher

My work is a response to the detail of life; the familiarity and reassurance of repetitive tasks we all feel safe in and the impact of external and unpredictable factors on these. I am interested in harmful behaviours and the wear and tear of living on ourselves and our environment. Themes of 'wearing out' and 'holding together' through 'puncture pictures' and 'stainings'. I am particularly interested in the paper at the points when it is only just holding together. The ink blots counter the deliberate safety of the repetitive action of pinning. I like the sense of 'risk' inherent in these works and the obvious reference to Rorschach inkblots. The idea of symmetry,of two sides to an image and the replaying of an action or ritual in reverse to close or finish a piece appeals to me. A re-enactment and an opportunity to rewind and reflect on an experience in a different frame. I have begun to explored this a little in the positive and negative images. read full statement

Location Leicester/Fife, East Midlands
Activities Practice-based research, Residencies, Art therapy, Arts in health, Participatory projects, Gallery education
Artforms / type of project Drawing, Environment, Installation, Painting, Printmaking
Tags surface, paper, repetition, drawing, colour, puncturing, stains, disturbances, impacts, enviromental
Website http://www.gillianadair.co.uk

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