The Reverse Archeology of Painting

Painting as an act of layering, from the support (stretched canvas, wooden panel etc) via choice of primer, ground, linear marks and patches, underpainting, surface or visible layers which are shifted, erased, clarified, overlapped, focussed again and again until the image is finally achieved.

This process is informed by visual ideas arriving via different trajectories ( Source drawings, photographs, 3D Models) to co-exist and find relationships within the work

In this way I start with an absence and build and discover the image through the material and formal characteristics of painting.

An archeologist on the other hand would presumably start with a piece of ground and gradually remove existing layers to discover evidence via unearthing remains, shards, artefacts etc in order to make discoveries