The instinctive feeling that there is indeed some kind of spirit that rolls through all things, some fearsome memory in stones, in wind, in the lives of birds---.

Tim Winton, Australian novelist, from Dirt Music, p 329

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Space and Light, An Interpretation

My paintings are a creative interpretation and exploration of a spirituality centred on the knowing of space and light.

Generally our lives are consumed with doing and with things. These paintings point to a different perspective in life. They seek to create an experiential awareness of space and light and thereby directly focus on the reality that all our doing and our obsession with things is permeated with light and embraced by space. This awareness of knowing is direct, intuitive, and not related to accumulated knowledge.

The paintings are informed by thirty years of a committed painting practice, and by a committed practice of Zen meditation for an equal length of time. For most of the last thirty years this has been accompanied by Tai Chi and Yoga practices which have developed the somatic sensibility essential to the creation of this work. All three practices have been instrumental in moving my painting from the primacy of form to the primacy of light and space, so that the forms enhance and express the space and light. This is the opposite of the traditional view of painting in which form takes centre stage with space and light as its support.

With this primacy of space and light, the paintings arrive at a stillness, a pure experience of being.

Sharon Thompson