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SP Prescott: Recycling Space at the Mall Galleries

Last week I went to the Mall Galleries to see what was on display. It's been ages since I've been able to go to London to emerge myself within the galleries and new work so I was very excited. I worked at the Mall Galleries in the summer and gained a huge insight into the work behind the scenes and preparation for shows.
Work on display by SP Prescott in the Threadneedle Space at the Mall caught my eye straight away because it differs a lot to the usual work that is on display at the Mall. Straight away the use of colours and negative space caught me eye because of how the artist had manipulated the canvas. 
"Prescott pushes accepted concepts of painting. Using the traditional stretched canvas as a starting point, she creates images and forms projecting from, or receding into the frame. By blurring two and three dimensions in this way, she intends to challenge the viewers’ perceptions of space and reality."
This extract was taken from the Mall's website which describes the work. I adore work which makes the viewer interact with it just beyond looking. The work of Prescott did this for me. The use of cutting into the canvas and creating a new dimension with the surface makes the viewer appreciate the material and process. 

This is my favourite piece from the show. The use of colour puts me at ease and the contrast between the flat sections of the canvas and the texture works very well compositionally. The fluidity of marks within the painted sections of the canvas harmonises with fragmentation and 3d sections of the work. I look at this piece and feel calm. Yellow is a colour that is recurrent within my own work at the moment so that's another reason why I was probably drawn to this. The idea of contrast within work is something that I always find appealing within work. This has been achieved here with the colours and sense of marks.

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