Traces and Imprints
My practice involves the observation of traces and imprints in the landscape, the marks of both natural and human activity. Currently, I am looking at the effects of coastal erosion in my locality. My approach involves using shoreline debris in layered processes that reflect changes in the environment. Many of my paintings begin with a monoprint of a found material, such as plastic or rope fragments, to which layers of paint and gouache are added. I explore the incongruity of these manmade materials which produce strangely organic shapes in monoprinted form. Many of them create attractive, diaphanous forms initially, until they mutate into something more sinister with the addition of layers of paint.
Present and Absent
Geraldine Leahy is a mature student with The Open College of the Arts (OCA), studying at Level Three on the Painting degree Pathway. Her practice involves the observation of traces and imprints in the landscape, the marks of both natural and human activity. Geraldine’s current body of work is concerned with coastal erosion in her locality.