A SMALL INTRODUCTION

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So, I guess this is me.

I meddle within the poetics of incompleteness: splicing together letters and colour to form abstract painting underlined by poetry and prose.

The essence of my current work has seeped from the novels and novellas of Vladimir Nabokov; an illustrious, floral writer, whose text is a source of clear visual inspiration. I jot down words and phrases of note and then produce colourful works based on my connection with the rhythm, phonetics and ambiguity. Whilst thoroughly enjoying the work of Nabokov my own painting process is not a representation of the text, but, merely a self-absorbed relationship with the act of the written word.

These past few weeks I have spent time in front of the rusting heater in my studio working my way through all of Nabokov’s novels. I have always found reading a rather indulgent passion and a method of temporary escapism. (I am a great gobbler of books). However, when I first encountered Nabokov’s novels I found that I was a lazy passer-by. I finally felt challenged. The texts on a whole are written from an unusual viewpoint, for example within ‘The Real Life of Sebastian Knight’ the perspective is one from the half-brother of a fictitious writer and stylised as a memoir. The creative approach to Nabokov’s novels has provided me with the inspiration and direction of my creative practice. For that, he has become one of my favourite novelists. Below is a list of Nabokov’s novels and novellas, this journal space is going to take the form of a digital sketchbook so the viewer can see my method of working.

  1. Ada or Ardor: A Family Chronicle
  2. Bend Sinister
  3. The Defense
  4. Despair
  5. The Enchanter
  6. The Eye
  7. The Gift
  8. Glory
  9. Invitation to a Beheading
  10. King, Queen, Knave
  11. Laughter in the Dark
  12. Lolita
  13. Look at the Harlequins!
  14. Mary
  15. The Original of Laura
  16. Pale Fire
  17. Pnin
  18. Real Life of Sebastian Knight
  19. Transparent Things

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