Primarily, I explore the complexities of identity, time and place from a perspective that is rooted in a personal experience of migration. Abstract paintings/drawings and digital portraits and video provide the mis en scene that re-enacts the phenomenon of felt experience provides the conceptual crux of my art practice.
The Abstract painted works of art that form as part of my oeuvre present as sensory objects through their structure and surface texture, which is overlaid with sgraffito and a series of woven grids that aim to deliver a real physical presence. My most recent painted works of art rely on mnemonics, where intuition, chance and the language of abstraction explore the space and place of the picture plane using traditional and experimental painting/drawing methodologies and materials where both subject and object shape the process of finding form.
The resulting abstract works of art are tactile, woven and grid like, drawing reference from both the study and origins and conceptual premise of abstraction, which is palpably located through colour and form, spatial relationships, the subtly of texture and line and how as a composition they engage the phenomena of felt experience. Whereas, the portraits are laced with cultural signs and symbols that transcribe as a personal monologue that reflect the changing legacy of a religious identity politics and at the same time reflect on how we know ourselves by contesting the central myth that locates the feminine as domestic and private, and the masculine as heroic and public.
Annemarie Murland is a Scottish artist and educator living in Newcastle, NSW, Australia