Light is always as important as the concrete image in Alison Grant's paintings. It is the emphasis on the shadow and the light in these paintings that capture the real meaning of the work. Like Coetzee's senseimage, the sunflowers act as a catalyst to explore the ideas of time and the importance of light, just as the sun opens the sunflower with its light and energy.
"...not the pure idea, wreathed in clouds, nor the visual image burned on the retina, overwhelming and disappointing us with its matter-of-fact clarity, but the senseimage, kept as fleeting as possible, as a means toward stirring or activating the idea that lies buried more deeply in the soil of memory. "
J M COETZEE, DISGRACE
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