Change marks an evolution in materials and thinking by Carnell.
We see her returning to the root of her inspiration in Japanese art but there is a freedom in the work which comes from her evolving approach to making.
Laying out her leather, Carnell focuses on her breathing, brush poised in hand. As with Japanese brush work artists, her mark is made only as she clears her mind and exhales. She does not plan but rather allows her mindful, meditative state to realise itself naturally on the leather.
The first stage, the brushwork, provides the lead for the design. Reminiscent of Japanese calligraphy we may perhaps read a more familiar symbol, that of a question mark in reverse (albeit entirely incidental). Below this the stitches at the base of the brushwork appear as roots, as though an idea is literally taking root as the piece evolves.
The space occupied by the imagery, which seems to be moving in from the side, or perhaps leaving, gives the impression that this we are seeing a snapshot in time, the development of an idea, caught as it evolves and takes root in our mind.
Materials:leather / 22crt. gold leaf / gilded wyres / sapele wood frame
Dimensions: H79.5 x 50.8cm