Artists statement – October 2008 – Paula Lundy
As an artist living and working in the south west of England, I am inspired by the architecture of old and new, I am particularly fascinated with the way in which the aura of the moon illuminates the night and picks out the more interesting features of English architecture.
The moon has now become a very prominent focal point in many of my paintings, I have always been intrigued by the folklore surrounding the moon. Ancient civilizations believed the moon to be made of silver and to be associated with dreams and the imagination, it is for this reason that I always use real silver to create the moons in my pictures.
I often dream about the next scene I am going to paint, and as it is now scientifically proven that the moon affects our moods and creativity I wonder if it too has power to influence our dreams.
I love to work with texture, Combing heavy texture with strong visual metallics and experimenting with an ever expanding array of materials such as: acrylics, lead, silver, plaster, clay, inks, resins, glass, metallic pigments, bitumen, rubber, sand and aluminium.
The colours I use are the black, white and grey tones typical of a moonlit scene but with a twist of silver and pewter.
I continue to use the same impasto style in all of my work.
During my teenage years I was intrigued by the occult and esoterics, the esoteric teaching that there is another world behind or underlying our physical world is an idea I can relate to while creating my art. Adding layer upon layer and then, in one moment, it all comes together to produce the image that was once in my imagination, now in physical reality.
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