PhD Examination Exhibition
Painting is customarily understood as a form of mark making that renders materials and arrangements of lines, or areas of colour, into compositions on surfaces. While a painting can be conceived of as more than a marked surface, it is primarily these surface features, and their particular qualities and arrangements, that are said to comprise the material aspects of a painting. Working with a range of surfaces, including painting and sculpture, and surface effects, such as those achieved with light, this research project has identified that painting involves an activation of surfaces in an event felt as a difference in intensity. The various studio explorations have investigated the relationships between intensive and extensive space, colour and sensation, the surface and affect. Each of these dimensions contributes to the intensification of the encounter with painting. These encounters activate surfaces in an assemblage of affects. This is the event of painting.