portrait by Marcus Iglauer
Thurman works on paper. She is informed by observation, which is reinterpreted and reinvented in the studio. Drawing naturally on the figurative, this new body of work explores the experiences that we carry within us and the elements that inform who we are.
This investigation touches on the complexities of human nature - our strengths and underlying vulnerabilities.
Starting from a common form, these original and enchanting configurations have evolved through an expressive process directed by an intuitive response. Her approach is playful, instinctive and sensitively guided by each of her subjects, morphing and remodelling into personalities of meaning.
These structures somehow take control; within self-imposed confines, she wrestles with dialogue through the exploration of line, colour and pattern, in a focused pursuit to communicate.
Hers is a challenge of articulation, as she visually interprets universal experiences that make connections with the viewer.
Tensions within her mark-making are key elements of her vocabulary. She revels in crude technique combined with precision detailing as an outline for expression, testing balance with the complementary sanctuary of irregularity.
September '22 - Vikki Nelson