Artists At Home has been a feature of life in Chiswick for decades now. The annual Open Studios by artists in Chiswick, Hammersmith and Shepherd’s Bush over a long weekend in June is something many of us look forward to.
This year the artists will be ‘Staying Home’ as opposed to ‘At Home’, meaning they will not be welcoming visitors over the threshold, but they will be selling their work online instead. The Chiswick Calendar will be featuring some of the work of the artists taking part this year over the next few weeks.
Today’s featured artist is Jasna Bell.
“I have been focusing on painting trying to escape the avalanche of bad news” says Jasna. “It is a different time and feeling. Painting and focusing on colours, forms , lines , gesture, simplifying… I try to uplift my sense of existence”.
Jasna explores painting as a process of experience, sourcing memories and the unconscious, in which the paint marks reflect the passing time and movement of thoughts.
She says that the perpetual motion of our thoughts takes us towards a greater complexity of the world. Our experience becomes multi-layered and coloured with ever-changing perception of things. We often turn to art to find and understand our thoughts and emotions, a space to stand still in contrast to our internal chaotic existence.
Paint and brush become a vehicle to bridge the gulf between ourselves and unconscious, the canvas becoming a screen of reflection.
In the process of making, paint lends a body to this introspection and maze of sensation, the canvas being a gate of perception and realisation. In a single lifetime and even in a single day we inhibit different mind worlds and emotions. As we contemplate the rising and passing of various states of mind, we begin to liberate ourselves from reaction to and identification with them.
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To see other work by professional artists who live in the Chiswick area please go to The Chiswick Calendar’s directory of local artists.