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Golden Thread 1


Golden thread 1
Jessica Brown
Mixed media on board
33 x 33cm
Off white wooden frame

For a long time I’ve been fascinated by the Eastern story about the ‘red thread of fate’. In this myth, the gods tie an invisible red thread around the ankles, or fingers of those that are destined to meet one another, or help each other in some way. This got me thinking about the connections and threads that link us with the people we come across in our lives – sometimes these are fragile, lasting only a short time, and other times, sturdy as a rope, with us for a lifetime. Alongside this, is the notion of the ‘golden thread’ – the idea, or feature, that holds something together, and gives it value – be it a business brand, or a defence case in court. Something of all these ideas, found their way into my Golden Thread series of paintings.

Colours: monochrome; gold-leaf, black, white, yellow, grey.

Size: H:33 cm x W:33 cm

Jessica Brown is an artist working in abstract art. Jessica Brown comments "I’m an abstract painter working from my studio in Warwickshire. My work comes from looking at the patterns, shapes, forms, and colours of my surroundings. I’m drawn to intersections – such as organic shapes next to geometric ones. My paintings may remind the viewer of these sources of inspiration, but I try not to make “pictures” of any of it. I use an abstract language of mark making that is both personal and universal. A visual language that I hope has the power, like music or literature, to uplift, and communicate. The shapes I use vary depending on my current inspiration, but I often repeat certain lines, shapes and symbols. You may also discover fragments of maps, or words buried beneath the surface. Although these elements appear in an abstract context, they retain echoes of meaning which the viewer can relate to as they respond to the painting. I use a range of materials: paint, pencil, pastels and collage to build up my paintings in an organic way. I overlay layers of paint, mark and collage to build up the image. This creates glimpses, hidden spaces, things half-seen, suggested. The more you look, the more you’ll see. I continue working until I feel harmony and balance has been achieved and the image has been “found”." To discuss any of Jessica Brown's artworks please contact or call 01869 338 155.

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