Serena Caulfield 

‘Ground Works’

 

The first lockdown, last March, served as an artist's residency. With very little money to invest in materials, I had to be resourceful and use what I had in my studio. Some of my earlier paintings became the subjects of an investigation. This extended period of a focussed daily practice culminated in a body of work that is dynamic, reflective, and exciting, while allowing me to make some very specific decisions in terms of the formal elements of my work. 

​Deconstructing a painting that was previously worked on for hours, or sometimes weeks is an interesting process. Which marks and brushstrokes are the ones to keep and which can be discarded? Using blades, cutters, lino cutting tools and sandpaper, I began deconstructing paintings in order to reconstruct them again, and I found the process to be cathartic and exciting. 

​What each piece ultimately becomes is an object that is a physical manifestation of abstract thoughts and given a new form and potential. The way I began to work throughout that period was, in a sense, a mirror of that which we're all rediscovering or re-evaluating over the past year- figuring out what's important and discarding the rest.