Lani Irwin: Interview

Lani Irwin, Epona, 2013, 120 x 100 cm, oil on linen (courtesy of the artist)
Lani Irwin, Epona, 2013, 120 x 100 cm, oil on linen (courtesy of the artist)

Larry Groff and Tina Engels interview painter Lani Irwin.

Asked about her working method Irwin comments "There is no set method. Rarely do I make preliminary drawings, never do I plan out a painting in any formal way. I spend a lot of time staring at the blank canvas. In the end I must just start with something and believe that the next something will reveal itself in the painting of that first something. This requires a kind of faith that the painting itself will take over. What I do is more like choreography, placing objects and figures in relationship to one another to create a tension that interests me. There is no prescription for how this might work best. The selection of the particular objects or the gesture and position of the figures creates a dialogue. Objects speak to me and to one another. It is the dance between these elements rather than a formal consideration of balance or square within a rectangle that orchestrates my paintings and it is driven by intuition."