April 26, 2019

When did you last slow down?

Orla Stevens, 22

‘Misted Senses’ is an ode to slowing down, and letting go of analytical thought; a reminder to experience where we are fully. Through painting, I have been questioning our emotional and physical relationships with wild landscapes. A discussion of the interrelationships between mind, body and place, and the good that this simple awareness does for us as people.

Living in a society driven by productivity, thinking and doing, I paint to highlight the importance of just being. I use art to capture and understand how that moment of place was experienced, how my body felt, in response to the atmosphere of this little curve of river bend. A meditation on the positive effects that the natural world provides, and a reflection on what we experience when we give time to be aware of our surroundings.

Through abstraction and representation of place, I’ve been building a visual language, logging my shifts in perception, experience and awareness of the natural and untouched beauty of wild landscapes that I am lucky enough to have on my doorstep. Through my work I aim to deliver these sensory experiences for others; a sharing and celebration of natural landscape, and the narratives that we can create within them.

Misted Senses
Acrylic and Chalk on paper
29.5 x 41.5 cm

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