Meandering through a painted landscape in which the path is drawn, erased and remade, Wanderings celebrates painting’s materiality and power to reveal new worlds.
To wander is to move without a fixed course, rambling; to go astray. To walk without a destination. Often, this is when we discover something new – and the same is true in painting. These painters share a love of wandering, inviting chance to play a role in the work, allowing themselves to divert off-course when the need arises. ‘Wondering’; that uncertainty and curiosity essential in art-making, often works hand-in-hand with our wandering, prompted by the mystery and possibility of drifting into the unknown.
And that is precisely where we end up. If paintings are mirrors, they are many-sided. These works reflect back personal histories, dreams, lush landscapes and mythological otherworlds. Through their various processes, the artists have created worlds that resist being fixed: in MacKenzie’s energetic, tactile brushstrokes; in Paton’s shifting planes of kaleidoscopic colour; and in Simpson’s unearthly, numinous realms.