Room To Breathe - Rachel Redfern-Artist, Creative Catalyst, Coach
I have often been asked why I do what I do with some of my paintings so here is a snapshot into my working practice and my creative desire to find room to breathe in this frantic world.
Room To Breathe as a series of work was born out of the need during a frantic period of my life to take time to sit in places that inspired me; alone. This was about really looking at what I could see but more importantly taking time to feel the things that lay beneath the surface of the landscape and also beneath me. Being alone and mindfully reflecting in the beautiful places that inspire me allows me the chance for my mind to wander between reality, memory and imagination. A meditative state that inspires sketches and small paintings that back in the studio can be translated into large canvas works.
The raw linen I paint on represents that raw truth we face when we take time to reflect on our own lives; the fractured edge reveals gaps in the landscape which for me are a metaphor for what lies beneath the people and places we encounter; the thick paint can be felt at the edge of the painting but the content of the gaps remain aloof and up to the viewer to shape with their own imagination.