oil on board,
76cm x 51cm,
Iain White, 2017,
This abstract work bears some resemblance to a geological section through the Moine Thrust Zone. Though partly coincidence it is true that the work can be seen as an attempt to capture in a non literal way the dynamics of tectonic deformation, thrusting and imbrication ... hence its title.
It was strongly influenced by works of Wilhelmina Barns-Graham (1912 - 2004) during her Progressive Movement Series of 1980. Here, however, I have referenced Passing Over 1982-6 from the Tribute Series which was immediately brought to mind by the repeated faulting, stacking, and dislocation along the sole thrust which characterises the imbricate duplex structures of the Cambrian strata at a variety of scales. Writing of this work Lynne Green maintains that “there is a real sensation ... of rapid propelled movement” ... while ... “on the abstract level moving forms activate space and animate ... other objects”.
Although my painting is in no way intended to represent a real geological section it is intended to convey dynamic movement in the same way as is patently the case in WB-G’s work. However, in the painting exhibited here there is specific reference to the movement and disruption associated with the tectonic forces that thrust the dislocated Cambrian strata north westwards