curated by Valeria Ceregini
Gillian Lawler explores the concepts of borders, edges, transitions and transformations in this new series of paintings, Edgelands. Since she has always been interested in the landscape and memory – where the tension between the real and the imaginary often resides – she re-elaborated those abandoned settlements, typical of her research, through the juxtaposition of imagined reality and actual reality.
The artist is constantly involved in renewing her pictorial language based on private and professional experiences, and recently she begun to split the canvas into two territories by drawing a borderline where geometric-abstract forms crossed over, were transformed, dissolved, dispersed or they are absorbed until they become territories of the mind; meditative spaces for the artist inhabited by platforms and scaffolding that allow her to reflect on the idea of transformation and transition of life itself.
The exploration of these surreal places has further intensified in Edgelands, narrowing the gap between this world and the next, capturing the transience of life made up of fleeting moments in the loss of time and space in search of a borderless land, of an inner-world settled between the conscious and the unconscious.
Also, according to Celtic mythology, it is assumed that spirits are able to travel between worlds (Tir nAill, the Gaelic word to define “other land”) by crossing natural axes. The various green-coloured structures introduced in the latest Gillian Lawler’s works thus become meeting points and links to cross over or connect these invisible worlds or other layers of existence. They become new natural axes and thus drawing attention to these geometric boundaries as the new places of possibility, mystery and beauty.