DAN SHIPSIDES - On once being a painter (Circa art magazine issue 109) vox pop
On once being a painter (Circa art magazine issue 109) vox pop
I make watercolours for fun nowadays but my motivation to expand away from painting was to locate the work within wider frames of reference.
The interesting questions for me involve how to articulate a relationship to the spaces around us. In particular ways painting does this but to me (making sweeping statements) often now seems over conventionalised and its discourse narrow, pretentious or stooged by commercial interest.
With a concern for spatial engagement and movement the need to involve a physical aspect seems crucial - rocks, whilst great to look at and paint, get much more interesting when you grapple with them.