August 30, 2021

What Lies Will I Weave Through My Life Today?

Graham Lister

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Oil on canvasWoven Barrier, Keep Out, 202190x90x5cm

It’s not that I actively lie, or don’t try and tell the truth. It’s more that I’ve been thinking carefully about how I speak to my young children. I often tell them that ‘everything will be okay’, ‘you don’t need to worry’ and ‘you can be whatever you want to be’. I’m responsible for weaving these potentially untrue mantras through their lives. Many people of course tell themselves (and others) these sorts of things; and for some people, such sentiments may help them feel more positive or keep things in perspective. For others, like myself, such phrases are less than helpful, and yet I catch myself passing them on to my children. When I paint, I focus on the relationship between pigment and substrate, and as I weave lines together, obscure one area or allow another to emerge, I make works in which each part is connected to every other part. I’m interested in allowing the paintings to point toward how lines of interconnected thought exist as part of our make-up. The lies, exaggerations and half-truths we tell ourselves, and which we tell others, mesh with facts, feelings and experiences within our everyday lives.