Francesca Lowe’s new paintings, from the series titled ‘Flush’ have just been installed at
The House of St, Barnabas, 1, Greek Street, London W1D 4NQ 0207-437-1894
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FRANCESCA LOWE: ‘Flower Paintings’ (2014)
This new series of paintings by London-born Francesca Lowe developed through the artist thinking about the term “still life” – the words “still” and “life” and the polarity between them. The paintings explore ways to infect stillness with life and life with stillness.
Visually, a ‘cut’ bloom, a ‘still’ photograph, a floral ‘motif’ (quiet, truncated elements) and applied layers of pattern operating at different physical depths within each painting, create visual oscillations. Some aspects of the images and patterns are familiar (sampled from Op art, wallpaper, clip art, curtains; ‘pop culture’ references). This familiarity lends itself to the very idea of stillness, perhaps due to its relation to known-ness. The loop of ‘known-ness’ or ‘what we are used to’ disrupted, turned unfamiliar and then lost is what Lowe appears to be interested in depicting as it echoes the ebb and flow of “life” itself.