The Application of Imaginative Thinking
“Art is like breath, necessary for life.”
Creativity – not only within my own Art Practice but every aspect of creativity fascinates me. This encompasses Architecture, Landscaping Design, Interior Design, Automobile Design, Urban Design – anything that requires the application of imaginative thinking. Every day brings a chance to appreciate the multitude of ways creativity infuses our lives.
My Art Practice has evolved over the years from working within a preset line of inquiry to “allowing” whatever happens at the easel on a particular day to inform what follows. I continue in this way until I decide a painting has expressed what I want to convey. This change in methodology has brought me a joy and freedom of trusting myself. I do work in series but each painting within the series stands on its own.
I am fascinated with line, form, colour and patterns brought about by the juxtaposition of positive and negative space. I find myself often lost in contemplation of this juxtaposition at odd times. It can happen when shopping, in the middle of a conversation, walking down a street, while I am gardening or reading a book. I store these “images” in my memory bank and recall them when working in my studio. I do not use the exact images I recall but the idea of the juxtaposition or patterning that caught my eye.
I have made a conscious decision to exhibit within the Public Art Galleries. It allows me to have the freedom to express myself and move my practice in a way of my own choosing. I enjoy visiting Public Art Galleries as the work shown often challenges the Viewer and invites dialogue. My husband Eric and I plan our travels around Art Museums and Galleries as Art is a passion for us both.
Mary Frances Batut