As a contemporary artist I want to challenge the preconceived notions of pastel through innovation in order to define pastels as a modern medium for today.
The essentials of pastel are pure pigment, intense color, creating vitality, movement and sometimes vibration where edges meet. Using textured layers to define contours and describe tensions and gestures between forms, I see things in abstract and use the narrative of line to express my interaction with familiar objects which carve out their own space, suggesting form by the negative shapes they create.
My working process is an explorative, intuitive mix - borrowed from several disciplines - combining and alternating pastel with print or collaging. I gather my visual language from the grace of everyday ordinariness, private worlds, unguarded moments, the unsaid - the remnants of human presence. I paint what makes me curious and seek to render the truest emotional response that drew me in to stop and take note.
Angela A'Court 2012