May 4, 2013

Paintings by Amy Shackleton










Paintings by Amy Shackleton

Representational paintings using a drip technique. The paint is applied using squeeze bottles and a rotating easel is used to control the flow of the drip on the stretched surface.
Drawing inspiration from my own global travels and photographs, I fuse opposing worlds—the wild and the urban—to illustrate my vision of the future. My paintings call to mind the dystopian post-apocalyptic aesthetic but strangely without all the gloom, hinting at rebirth and optimism. My process is like organized chaos. I paint representational works with a drip technique normally reserved for abstraction. I apply the paint with squeeze bottles and rotate my canvas to guide each drip as it falls down the stretched surface. Thorough planning, measuring and layering is involved, but I'm at the mercy of gravity. The natural force of gravity allows for a refreshing unpredictability that helps illustrate the organic elements in my work. To combat the natural, I use my rotating easel and a level—creating straight lines, controlled curves and, eventually, concrete buildings.