Photo: Stella Tripp in Exeter, South West

Stella Tripp


I love paint in all its forms. The physical sensuality of it. The truth and the lies. Object and illusion. Window on the world. Window on the soul. Layers of factory-produced, chemically calculated magic. Years ago, in America, I stopped using rectangular stretched canvas. I started building makeshift constructions to paint on, that better reflected my situation and my state of mind. I wrote a thesis comparing art from different cultures, and was excited (still am) by possibilities that surface when exploring the nature of art in the light of cultural and societal conditioning: things don't have to be as they are; anything goes; anything is possible. Yet, out of all the myriad of equally valid alternatives, choices still have to be made. In 2000 I had the opportunity to create a very large installation. I made objects (including a structure built from early painted canvases) but also worked directly on the walls, drawing and painting. This then led me back to using rectangular stretched canvases: portable walls to work on. To produce complex surfaces made from layers of interacting textures and colours. Self-contained, but maybe fragments of something else. Like all my work, the new paintings are about the fragility of the world. Relationships, rhythms and the juxtaposition of opposites: they refer to whats going on off-stage things I feel, touch, hear, remember as well as what I see. They are to do with questioning everything; and making connections. And they revel in the language of paint. read full statement

Location Exeter, South West
Activities Private commissions, Exhibitions programme
Artforms Ceramics, Drawing, Installation, Mixed Media, Painting
Tags mixed media, fragility, absurdity, sculpture, colourful, abstract, intricate, memory, imagination, environment

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