VANESSA LANNEN

To provoke memories of familiar places I choose to paint scenes that are ambiguous, hoping that they create a sense of ease within the viewer, enabling emotional connections to be made with the work. It is this capacity of images to be ambivalent, holding many potential aspects and meanings that has always fascinated me.

I find that I can’t help but have an emotional response to my surroundings and believe that a landscape can represent, contain and produce many and varied emotions within us. We know that a storm is just a storm, yet images representing such things can provide the most profound metaphors, stimulating our sensibilities.

The appearance of my work has been shaped by my personal preferences and experiences. Originally from Manchester I have lived in Cornwall since 1999. I trained as a surface pattern and textile designer before completing a degree in Fine Art [printmaking]. Since moving to Cornwall I have predominantly been producing large-scale land, sea and skyscapes, I use fluid acrylics and application is with both dry brush and airbrush.

My current work follows closely the processes involved in printmaking; the images are flat and mostly devoid of texture. With the exception of Paynes grey I use only primary colours and white, the paint is applied in layers allowing colours to build on the canvas. Alongside the paintings I keep sketchbooks, the drawings have become a visual diary cataloguing the places I have been and the people who have journeyed with me.

A blank canvas or an empty page in a sketchbook still produces within me a cocktail of emotions, excitement and anxiety. To produce art work that embodies thoughts and feelings and confronts emotions involves taking risks. My faith has been an instrumental part of my work and I believe that through image making the inexpressible and unspeakable can be given form, allowing emotions to be recognised.

The heavens tell the glory of God, and the skies announce what his hands have made. Day after day they tell the story; night after night they tell it again.

They have no speech or words; they have no voice to be heard. But their message goes out through all the world; their words go everywhere on earth.

Psalm 19:1-4

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