Sam Cornish interviews painter EC whose work will be included in the group exhibition As Wide As A Door Is Open: Material Images (curated by Sam Cornish) at Fold Gallery, London from September 6 – October 11, 2014.
EC comments: "For me the gestural painting, automatic and/or asemic writing and collage have come about from a kind of chaotic soup of information and material; both internal and external to me, conscious and unconscious and in the relationship to matter that working in the studio generates. I don’t start the work with an intention to assert one thing (gestural painting for example) in particular, however collage does tend to enter into the making process at a later stage (so perhaps painting does have a precedent, but in ‘the order of things in time’ sense of the word). Does this mean that the painted elements are more important? I don’t think so, because they don’t exist in isolation and bleed into or are layered with the other ‘techniques’ as well as relying on one another for rhythm, different surfaces, spaces and so on. They come together to make a larger body. To isolate one as having a precedent might be a bit like removing a musician from an orchestra."