24 x 20" / 60.96 x 50.8cm
acrylic paint, gouache and thread on canvas, 2020.
'The Ascent' was completed following a rainy and very cold hiking break to Dartmoor in February 2020. The rock formations I came across during the trip seep into the composition. I wanted the painting to echo the challenge of moving through the craggy, rocky terrain, whilst moving upwards, towards a more positive vision metaphorically. It is a pinnacle work for my practice, as it ties in the sewing elements, which I was incorporating into my art many years before, whilst experimenting with a new palette and introducing these soaring brushstrokes, which are becoming central to my work. When I posted it online, a lot of people were intrigued by the unique way, in which I sewed thread into and around the canvas frame.
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