Tuesday, July 03, 2007


Oil on linen mounted on MDF board
My origninal intention was simply to paint a single match burned down to the quick. So I was burning matches to get a good one without burning my fingers too much. Easier said than done! I eventually got one and just happened to place it randomly next to a previous attempt, and in so doing got the idea for this. They looked to me like brackets or parenthesis. I find that this sort of thing happens quite often - I end up painting a totally different idea to the one I set out to paint.
Wikipedia defines parenthesis as: Parentheses (singular parenthesis)—sometimes called round brackets, curved brackets, oval brackets, or just brackets; or, colloquially, parens, or fingernails—are used to contain parenthetical (or optional, additional) material in a sentence that could be removed without destroying the meaning of the main text.

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