Untitled (9) by Andrea Eckersley.
Andrea Eckersley is interested in exploring how the material aspects of paint create intensities, affects or sensations on a surface. These paintings investigate the minimum conditions of spatial illusion needed to maintain an engagement between the viewer and the surface. Eckersley’s paintings are illusionistic, employing visual tricks to enable the audience to comprehend the edges of an apparent painted object with shadows before quickly receding back to a flattened collection of tone and form.
The behaviour of colour in each unique encounter with a painting is significant in maintaining or distorting the conditions of illusion. Eckersley’s paintings explore how colour can produce affect and how colours appear different in relationship to one another, thus distorting their spatial effects and producing intensity. Colour is used in these works to define both abstract and illusionistic space. The figuration of form works in tandem with pure abstraction allowing the eye to build the surface of the painting into a defined object, before reassembling itself as a flat painted surface.
Andrea Eckersley creates work that extends beyond the canvas to create an object that exists visually rather than physically. This play through tone and shape stems from an ongoing interest in how the body interacts with abstract shapes which began when Eckersley undertook Bachelor of Design in Fashion at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. Her practice has extended to include works with paper, paint and fabric to explore tensions created in abstract dimensions. Currently completing a Masters in Painting at Monash University, Eckersley has also undertaken studies towards a Bachelor of Visual Arts at Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver, Canada. She has exhibited nationally including Triangle at Craft Victoria, Folded Spaces at c3 contemporary art space and Sewarama at West Space, Melbourne.