This series of works consists of multi-layered abstract paintings, where deeper layers of colourful paint are partially covered with a layer of greyish paint arranged in patterns. The patterns interrelate with one another in a way that resembles a code, or language. The final layer acts like a filter that modifies the ‘original’ painting in the eyes of the viewer and turns it into a new entity.
The paintings in the series exist as palimpsests, as they refer to their own history and their process of creation. A palimpsest is created when the material itself is considered to be more valuable than its content: this can happen when the content becomes obsolete or irrelevant.
In the series, the painting underneath represents non-geometric abstract art which seems to be too easy to create, a result of randomness rather than the artist’s conscious actions. A structured, geometric pattern, superimposed over the loosely painted picture, implies that the latter has little value and thus should be painted over, or recycled.
Ultimately, it is up to the viewer to either try and imagine what the painting beneath could be, or rather experience the picture as a whole. Others might want to follow the geometric pattern to try and discover a hidden code.
From the artist’s perspective, ‘Series One’ and “Series Zero” are underpinned by fundamental questions about the value of modern art: when does a visual piece become a finished work of art? How far should an artist go in editing his (or her) own work? Finally, is there more value to geometric abstract art as it requires more planning and skill?
By bringing these questions, the artist challenges the value of modern art, in the context of overproduction, auto-promotion and easiness of creation.