A Tacit Understanding (Silver / Slate)
Silver leaf and floor paint on linen2017
About the work
In her series A Tacit Understanding, Jennifer Douglas applies gold and silver leaf to canvases covered with industrial floor paint. The works are then tarnished using natural chemical reactions. These paintings resist the symbolism of wealth usually associated with precious metals, and instead allude to the elemental properties of materials and their inevitable decline. Describing her work with silver leaf, the artist explains:
I’m really fascinated by how it can alter over time. It allows the work to go beyond being something I make in my studio by having a continued momentum to change; an entropic dimension, a non-static energy.
Over time, the painterly lustre of A Tacit Understanding (Silver / Slate) transforms from silver through gold towards a bruised purple and silver.
About the artist
Jennifer Douglas (1975 - )
- A Tacit Understanding (Silver / Slate)
- Silver leaf and floor paint on linen
- height: 149.8 cm, width: 119.8 cm
- Purchased from Workplace Gallery, December 2017
- Workplace Gallery; purchased by GAC December 2017
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