Experimentation and materials drive Fleur’s practice. There is a real physical aspect to her art making process – the layering of materials then exposing them, putting things together, adding more texture, more colour, layering again and again. Fleur Deakin describes her relationship with materials in theatrical terms. She sets up a scene of characters and listens in as they have a conversation – photos, paint and collage all speak to one another as she layers them allowing things to emerge within the loose framework. The final representation does not reveal itself until the end. Though now with her new work, overt representation is less obvious. There are architectural features present, yet there is a strong abstract element that acts as an invitation into the work, an invitation to experience an emotion, an atmosphere, a quality. The artist’s intention remains ambiguous, allowing the viewer to arrive at his or her own conclusion.
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