'Mountains Painted from other Paintings of Mountains' is a series of works I painted which were looking at different surfaces in other peoples attempts at creating an interpretation of a photograph. I was specificaly interested in looking at landscapes and mountain ranges as these encompase such a huge amount of land which involves an amount of detail which is clearly impossible to recreate on any size of canvas. I wanted to look at the variety of mark making involved in these paintings and what effect they have on how 'in focus' the painted depiction is in the end.
The whole series has been at first inspired from going to see the Richter retrospective at Tate Modern and seeing a painting of a mountain range. It was one of the few painting Richter had in the show which hadn't been subject to the often applied 'blur' technique which takes away brush marks and instead leaves a smooth and seemingly photographic surface. To me this was in terms of making a painting, a very honest piece and asking myself why I felt that way about it lead to this project being about brush marks being about making descriptions of things.
The second part of inspiration came from - I will find a link to this soon - a file made for exploring a mountain range in a way that you could zoom further and further into great detail different areas of the mountain. It just further emphasised to me that sense of an impossible task… not being able to focus in that much detail on everything at the same time.
This piece in particular is the pallette used to paint the 'Richter' Mountain Painting. In terms of describing this piece does so from a distance as an abstraction. Consisting only of the none conscious and throw away mark making. This piece in part was the beginning of the work which I've recently made which focuses on to paint as a material rather than on content through a varity of processes which put distance between me and the imagery that I work from.
This in an ongoing project.