by Emma Cownie
Part of a large art exhibition which looked at the effects of an ever increasing transient population has had on the sense of community in Brynmill, Swansea in Wales, as the number of student houses swamp this area. My exhibition looked at the visible signs of this "hollowing of community" by looking at the time when students are not here, such as in the summer months. It is in this absence of students that I have attempted to catch this ghostly silence, this funereal quiet.
"Urban minimalism“ was initially inspired by wanting to capture this temporary calm. My “rules” for composition and painting are no cars, no people, bright light. There must be shadows – at diagonals if possible. Simplified forms – there must be little detail in the final painting. I wanted to explore the interplay of the geometry of shadows and man-made structures. This style of painting is influenced by those American realist painters who paint the quiet.