SURFACE - New Works Exhibited at Burgh House West Hampstead Museum 10th Oct 2012.
The surface of Fiona Chaney's paintings and prints are as significant as the paint and inks and the nature of her subject matter. There is a sunsual friction of encounters with her surface's, with the flurries of brush and knife strokes, the pools of wet looking pigment, the tracery of threads pushing up through the sallow skins of paint, with this is also a physical readable dictate of the rhythms of arm movement with each stroke and an interplay of veiling - free of edges and outlines specifically seen in her paintings.
In her prints there is an absence of narration which in itself becomes a kind of narrative. Yet within her paintings she acknowledges emerging landscapes veiled in mist's and ambiguity. Just as wind and rain impress forms on the land over geological time, the long term effects of perception imprint the mind on the land./
'It was never my intention to make these bluey/grey paintings, it was and is the means of making things visible. There is however the identifiable shape of the surface material whether canvas or paper with all the differentials and then the deposit's of paints determined by the surface shape that dictate the overall composition of the work. Each part being put to the test; altered with a change of support or tool, of medium or gesture then with experimentation and patience the work developes and each element finds it place.
These works restore the simplicity of sense perception and yet at the same time invest's it with an absoluteness.