Alt Totem to Abandonment II – Finlay Coupar


Alt Totem to Abandoment II

Artist: Finlay Coupar

Medium: Painted Surfaces, Acrylic

Framed: 84.5h x 39w x 7d cm

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Diaspora Series

The work in this series emerged from previous paintings which were based on debris trapped in gutters and which explored and celebrated the pattern and colour therein.  I was interested in progressing these ideas with a little more dimensionality and substance but in materials that maintained the potential for relatively easy manipulation, colour and pattern.  I had been considering using card in low relief for some time, so the idea of card, patterned with my ink-jet printed designs and cut to shape seemed to provide an appropriate approach.  In the more recent versions, I have used paint in order to achieve more flexibility with pattern and more substantially in colour. My initial explorations maintained the laminated composition and scale of the original painted images but proved too busy for the scale of the cut elements. The subsequent linear images (horizontal paths and vertical totems) provided an appropriate balance of information to scale and proved the best format in conveying the rhythms and sense of movement I perceived in the discarded debris. This depiction of disposed material as a trace of human passing, also seemed to have resonances with notions of human dispersal and as the work progressed the sense of horizontal and vertical movement corresponded with my sense of human flight and departure and became tributes to notions of exodus and migration. These allusions are referenced in the individual titles: ‘Paths’, ‘Trails’ and ‘Totems’ and in the series title: ‘Diaspora’.


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