Through painting I am interested in exploring the area between space and place or non-places, sites we see rather than experience or vice versa. Urban or decrepit they are places that we forget to look at, because we see them every day we then only see the aspect necessary to particular task or action. Marc Augé defines non-places as spaces of transience that do not hold enough significance to be regarded as places. Though not steeped in history or cultural art forms, non-places have come to define society now linking people in an imagined community. Mondrian displaced and reduced objects and images in works such as his checkerboard studies, however it is only the latter area that I want to focus on as I want an indication of the original space to remain.
Evaluating everyday places that we accept rather than look at, I want to question whether the rise in the value of space has led to a drop in the worth of place, a space/place value paradox. Scientifically space can be mapped and organised however place will have different boundaries for certain individuals. Space and place often merge however as what begins as undifferentiated space becomes place as one begins to know it better and stows value. I want to make places out of areas commonly seen as spaces so that it is possible to focus on a particular section of space.