Drawing is a process which Punton likens to the rhythm of walking. The method of marking a surface is a mapping of sorts which she tackles with the diligence of a climber en route to a summit.
Her drawings touch the canvas so lightly that at first glance they might appear almost blank. The artist would certainly encourage the metaphors of mist, snow, cloud and void that the encounter with her works readily conjures up. One piece entitled Thin Air aptly voices this preoccupation. These drawings seem to demand a slow, patient response from the viewer that in turn mimics their painstaking creation. She comments: ‘I suppose there's always been part of my practice that builds upon repetition and variation...in that obsessive intensity that comes from persistence’.
For this solo exhibition at R O O M Punton presents her recent rhythmic works which seem sympathetic to a tradition of abstract minimalism, but also have the reference of landscape omnipresent. Her larger highly detailed depictions of cityscapes and forests, which are drawn in pencil onto the surface of thick, smoothly sanded oil paint, appear like pale ghostly mirrors to the dynamic spaces that inspired them. In the vertical pull of certain panoramas the teeming flow of a mountain stream or the rough grains of bark might be recalled. The mottled, map-like contours of her drawings are testaments of flux and impermanence, even conjuring the turbulence of her Highland skies.
Lesley Punton lives and works in Glasgow where she is a Lecturer in Fine Art Photography at Glasgow School of Art. This will be her second exhibition at R O O M gallery.
Opening Thursday - Sunday 12:00 - 18:00
Preview Thursday 15th May 6-8pm