6 - 9pm, Thursday 14th Apr


Rafiki Gallery present Olivia Longstaff - Perspectives

In this series of work Olivia Longstaff looks to explore the physicality of painting and the effect of subconscious creation.

"I have always believed that each ‘thing’ I put to canvas has its own way of communicating and my process is finding out what that is – how the material wants to exist within the painting. However, I have found that often we can’t see what a material is trying to say as we have our own idea of what we want it to say. If gesture is an extension of being, surely that can only be true if they are created subconsciously?

Too often we are coerced by social pressures and our own insecurities. If you take away the constraints of the rational world, and in turn the rules of society, does this not give a more authentic result."


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