The beautiful outcome of Rosemary Clunie’s playful adventure into the world of digital prints
Rosemary Clunie is an accomplished artist who has exhibited her works widely, including at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. As she explains on her website, her paintings seek to let people’s imagination take them away from negative, violent depictions we are surrounded by and so they can then re-engage with daily life with a new perspective.
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Moon Foam Credit: Rosemary Clunie
Rosemary kindly agreed to be interviewed about one of the fruits of her recent venture into digital prints. The work is called Moon Foam and is showcased above.
Could you please briefly introduce yourself?
I was born in Scotland, grew up in many countries around the world, and now live in London. My paintings reflect this diversity of mood and influence. Primarily a painter, I also produce limited edition prints, make videos and write an art blog (www.infinitegallery.org). My work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions in the UK and abroad for over 20 years, and is included in many private and public collections. My website is www.rosemaryclunie.com.
What inspirations have you drawn from to create your art work Moon Foam?
Textures, suggestive shapes and colour contrasts inspire me to create stories that reflect my philosophy of the wonder of life and the mystery of the human condition. Moon Foam originated with something very small in nature being enlarged and alchemised till it suggested galaxies from an alternative universe. This also alludes to the principle of correspondences which many eminent philosophers (like Swedenborg) have investigated. I like images in which I can wander, dreaming, and which encourage the mind to make an active imaginative contribution to the stories that unfold.
You have stated that “Painting for me is playful, an adventure in colour and form, a quest for a glimpse into the unknown.” (Rosemary Clunie) Could you please tell me a bit more about your creative process when painting Moon Foam?
The digital prints I produced this year were an extension of that playful adventure into the unknown. Sometimes an artist needs to move sideways to stimulate a more intense inspiration. I will never abandon the “hands-on” art of painting as there is a unique directness between the hand, the mind and the unconscious which works less effectively via a machine like the computer. But the art needs refreshing sometimes, and it was great fun manipulating digital images for a change. It was like opening up a hidden vein in a mine.
How does Moon Foam fit with the rest of the art you have created?
Moon Foam is unusual as it is a digital print, a new form for me. I have only been experimenting with this form for the last year. Concurrently I am still painting, which is my usual and most inspired mode of expression as an artist. I normally paint on paper with water-based paints like acrylics, with inks, pastels, even silk or paper collage – whatever is required to achieve the vision that is coming through. I shape a story, a world, from what the textures and forms suggest as they interact with my current inspirations. This involves deep listening, stillness. It is not will driven. I work hard to choreograph with a light hand the dance of randomness and direction. The resulting images emerge through this careful process from that deep well that some call the unconscious, and others the divine. Art is a language that is constantly moving forward into our better future, helping us to decipher the mystery of our human condition. As I’ve said before: “Art should set us free.”