Marie Claire White

“To run from vulnerability is to run from the essence of our nature; the attempt to be invulnerable is the vain attempt to become something we are not.”

David Whyte

Emerging from empty

My approach to art is similar to how I approach music. It’s simply an external reflection of my internal thoughts and feelings. There is no filter other than the aesthetic, they are just different vehicles of expression. 

When I started making improvised music I began applying the same process to my artwork, trying not to think too much with the focus to channelling pure expression. It’s a really challenging way to approach self-expression, over the years I’ve focused my practice on creating a state of internal silence as to extract what’s already inside in the most honest way I can. I find the only way I can do it is to really empty myself of thought and intention. 

Michealangelo once said “ The Sculpture is already complete within the marble block, before I start my work. It is already there, I just have to chisel away the superfluous material.”  That image has always resonated with me, as the visual work emerges from emptiness it’s as if it was always there, waiting in the skin of the canvas, arriving unapologetically as if your’e the one who is late! To be honest often you are; the painting surfaces and you step back and think, ‘Oh God, is that’s how I’m feeling?!’ and you have that eureka moment. It can be an enlightening way to unpick yourself.

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