Current ink-and-bleach paintings by Brenda Loukes. Three of these works were selected for the final exhibitions of two prestigious competitions in South Africa in 2016- the Sasol New Signatures Competition and the Thami Mnyele Fine Art Award.
“In my work I explore the notion that creativity flows from the subconscious mind, which is part of the human psyche. As humans, we are part of nature, and nature is the ultimate creative force. I believe the impulse to create in humans comes from the same creative force that is nature.
I begin working from a state of no-thinking. I just begin drawing. As my hand moves in response to the impulse and energy that is inside me, the work that wants to come into form emerges. The work is more about mark-making and energy flow than any real constructed idea or story. The story emerges through the marks, and I then draw out the shapes and forms that I see. The resulting ethereal nature of the work invites the viewer to make up their own story.
The chemical reaction of the medium of ink and bleach creates random and unpredictable results that inspire new marks and build strong contrasts and tonal variations. A vast variety of mark-making is possible with this medium. The end result is semi-permanent and will fade in time – just like we will one day fade. Ultimately, nothing is permanent. Our minds can change and fixed ideas can fade away too, bringing healing and transformation to ourselves and the planet”