Spill & Punctum
Placed as if on an invisible mantelpiece, the framed works of enamel on glass in Kristy Gorman’s exhibition ‘Spill’ speak of beauty, elegance, precision and control. Gorman’s works evoke the age-old tradition of painting on the reverse of glass. However, here the ground is the wall itself and the line of paint sits above this surface, casting a sequence of shadows that spill and play across the surface wall. These works require an inquiring intimate eye; the immaculate brushstrokes becoming the outline of sensuous surreal drawings. Using the enamel outline as a starting point, we are invited to trawl though imagery in our own internal library. These shapes and images morph and become to each person, the beginning of an individual narrative.
Some will recall the influence of Chinese calligraphy, where elegant line seduces and delights. For others the internal working of the body might be remembered, as will botanic, anthropomorphic and bio-morphic shapes. All the while, shadows from the painted outline display as if on a projector - a background 'glimmer'. The shadow plays with our eyes as we wonder whether it is our memory of the image itself that is the blurry shadow.
Gorman again uses light and shade to give layer and depth to her work.
The viewer is required to bring the same intimate and intense gaze to
the paintings, though this time, we see the shadows play above the
layered painted surface. The closer we look, the more we see that the
small black dots are indeed punched holes or 'Punctum' which act as
dark outlines resting above the subtly layered muted hues. Again, the
shapes echo a flower, a leaf, or some kind of topographical patter
constantly changing the more we look. We reminisce. We might be
reminded of embossed velvet, where the background has been
painted with an invisible hand to resemble the lining of a beautiful
coat or an old tablecloth.
Punctum I and Punctum II