30 Aug - 22 Sep 2006
SIMONE KENNEDY | WHITE WELD
Artist Statement, 2006
The Yellow composite interiors in the White Weld series of paintings reflect on specific childhood experiences within a formidable architectural space and seek to highlight an important element that has become vital to my work; that is my personal response to colour.
As a child, identifying with colour led to a sense of ‘salvation’ essential for my pattern of living. I developed a conscious and subconscious awareness of light and colour through sensation and consequently bathed in the warm embryonic wash of the yellow school walls. My purpose with this particular body of work is to imbue an understanding of colour derived from the visceral and emotional atmosphere representative of these experiences.
Travelling on the London underground, to and from these ‘home spaces’, I revelled in the sense of confinement within the sealed space of the train and the attenuated sense of space between the glass of the carriage and tunnel brickwork, interspersed with complete darkness. A reversal of the image, in context to each other, juxtaposes the reality of that environment with the memory of the point in time and informs an alternate experience.