Within each piece in the Sun Reach series there is the combination of two elements, the human figure and the sun. As the title suggests each figure reaches out, some towards the sun while others stretch under the sun’s watchful gaze. Unlike Icarus who dared to fly to close to the sun with unfortunate consequences these paintings ask the question “Why not succeed?” The narrative within Sun Reach is one of hope.
The figures are contemporary existing within an environment of ideas and concept. The technical processes involved in their making place them within a continuum of art making practices. Each piece is constructed using techniques that are both archaic and current. They were built in four stages; beginning with under painting using milk-based pigment, over painting with oils, additional panels were cut and adhered to the birch panel and cutting the plexi glass surface using a computer and laser completed the final stage.