Barbara Clayton

My interest lies in the process of creating art rather than pursuing a pre-determined visual goal. Often the engagement with process leads to an absorption which suppresses conscious thought and the work is driven forward by the influence of the subconscious.

The process may be the creation of innumerable small marks across a surface, gradually leading to the emergence of tone, texture and rhythm. More recently, I have become fascinated by the process of mixing paint, inks, pigments and other media on glass where the lack of absorption allows long periods of manipulation. The chemistry is not totally in my control and the emergent forms provide anticipation and excitement. I embrace the unexpected and serendipity is a welcome contribution to my practice.

Sometimes I work to themes such as the experience of time, the nature of creativity or the creation of landscape but often it is just for the challenge of trying out ideas and manipulating media.

May 2015