Gina Parr

Gina ParrGina Parr

Considering the fine balance between chance and control has also become increasingly important in my work and this marks the tension between how much I will allow to happen by chance, and my need to intervene and engineer the paint to control the developing relationship formed on the canvas. Whilst my work is fundamentally abstract, the foundations are born out of figurative reference and autobiographical themes and draw on personal passage and emotive experience.Stemming from my early work as a Performance Artist, my interest has been and continues to be in atmosphere, space, mood and feeling. My childhood home environment, where I had neither space nor control as my mother was an undiagnosed hoarder, countered with the open scape of Devon, deeply informed my Performance Art, my Set Design TV career and subsequently my Painting and Photographic work; space and atmosphere no longer just desirable commodities, but necessities to create and recreate, bouncing between clutter and clear. My early performance work, “Not Enough Room to Swing a Cat in Here” at the Waterloo Gallery London and “Eat me drink me” at Spacex Gallery Exeter in 1981, both funded by the Arts Council, explored the connection between possessions, confinement and absence of space. Subsequently, my Photography, my way of Painting whilst traveling, expanded this theme to create illusionary space from sometimes cramped and chaotic environments in Europe, urban India, the Far East, and Cuba. My painting series "River meets sea” which was an exploration of the open space where two large bodies of fluid merge, subsequently lead to the series “Spatial history” and then " The intelligence of feeling", both of which are defined by emotion stemming from feeling: considering vulnerability, difficulty, loss and the notion of being lost, encapsulated in my journey as a female creative. I have also found a developing symbiosis between my Photography and my Painting.

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