Parker, D. (2009) [No title]. Exhibit at: Exchange: Two Universities, Two Groups of Researchers, Two Exhibitions, Two Dialogues. The University of Plymouth & The University of Northampton, 18 November - 18 December 2009.
‘That God is colouring, Newton does shew That the Devil is a Black Outline, All of us know.’ (William Blake) The works presented in this exhibition are ‘works in progress’ showing three examples of different states of development. My painting and drawing could best be described as having a loosely and largely unconsciously based imaginative relationship with aspects of landscape – in particular, rock surfaces and their hallucinatory capacity to evoke dream states and imaginative ‘other worlds’. I have spent decades enjoying landscape as a mountaineer and rock climber and it is only within the last 10 years or so that the profound and intense experiences generated by these activities has begun to permeate the ‘imaginative landscape’ of my painting. I am fascinated by how liminal states of attention and awareness – states on the border between consciousness and unconsciousness - can open up a whole new visual territory - one that effectively re-instates the primacy of imagination via what seems to be, in effect, altered states of perception. To this end I see painting as a form of spiritual discipline in the Jungian sense. I aim to engage unconscious aspects of psyche using strategies that demand a willingness to renounce the controlling will, whilst fully embracing free association and chance in the structuring of the activity. In the process, I am attempting to form a bridge between consciousness and unconsciousness - meticulously structuring intuitive responses to random marks, lines and colours. Fundamental to this work is a commitment to the revealing power of imagination and a belief that, through imaginative processes, the individual transcends the illusion of appearances and accesses the trans-personal and archetypal