Orienting Planes

Feeling unmoored in the frictionless swirl of information, people and things that characterise contemporary daily life, I work with representational painting as a way of anchoring the psyche in forms that are solid, unyielding. Utilising rigid, rhythmic formal qualities, I construct idealised landscapes that convey a sense of absoluteness – are fully externalised, visible and palpable in all their parts. Using tourist encounters with mountain plateaus in the Northern Highlands (Tommeginne Country) as starting point, I reinterpret the shapes I see to build an artificial context for self-orientation, a place to take shelter in the absence of unifying metanarrative.

Lorna Quinn


Oil paint on board