Vivien BlackettArtist, Lecturer / academic, Gallery educator
I trawl through images taken from a variety of sources including medieval prints and numerous books, both contemporary and historical, on medicine, botany, alchemy and science, etc and I am interested in the frescoes and the predellas of early Renaissance painting. My drawings continue to be an important and playful part of my research for the paintings and I use them to experiment with connections, scale, illusion and meaning. From 1997 onwards, for an exhibition at the Adam Gallery titled ABOVE, BELOW, WITHIN, I was working on paintings consisting of two or more panels juxtaposed, combining images of my own invention with those taken from, for example, a microscopic photograph or a medieval woodcut. Despite the disparity of the various elements, I am trying to suggest a logic or connectivity which questions the nature of appearance and our experience of the world. In my most recent paintings I have gone back to working on single panels.