Forage

Forage

Kane Mclay

Observing the human form through drawing, painting and printmaking, I explore the themes of presence and truth. My aim is to make work that portrays the animalistic and primitive parts of ourselves that make up the 'being' in all animal and human life. Our truth. My work resonates with emotional intensity, emphasised using dramatic tonal contrast and abstract mark making, balanced alongside anatomical form and movement to portray the essence and changing presence of our primitive selves. 
When everything is taken, the truth of all that we are is revealed. The physical needs of the body are both primitive and animalistic. The controlled reduction of mental activity in order to maintain emotional control is obsessive. The act of being 'In Touch' with the primitive self becomes essential to survive. Intense, out of depth situations can be where we discover our truth. The moments where any egotistical ideas are forced into submission and vanish, as we accept what a tiny and insignificant part of the universe we are. The positive side of dehumanisation. 
The act of drawing and painting has a similarly humbling effect. The continuous process of giving over control, experimenting and staying open is extremely challenging but holds great personal value. The constant push/pull interplay between objective realism and abstract expressionism is where the need to return to drawing keeps my practice focused, original and true in order to continue developing.

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