Observed Imagined Remembered

19 March – 2 April 2022

Cass Art Space Kingston

This exhibition of paintings by Daisy McMullan shows a range of approaches to image making across landscape and still life genres.

Taking the relationship between landscape and language as a starting point, these paintings use lyrical mark making to document space, form, and colour. Using a combination of painterly techniques, these works take observation and experience as their starting point, while using imagined and remembered forms and colour to extend them towards abstraction.

The exhibition includes several bodies of recent work, including a cycle of river portraits creating a durational charting of place through time and geography; a series of Grammatical Ornament paintings, inspired by Owen Jones’ The Grammar of Ornament, which return to nature as a method of generating new decorative language; and a series of still life works using dried flowers, using layers and gestural marks to create depth and complexity.

Daisy’s creative practice is a continuous development of a poetic language of line and colour. Taken individually, the works aim to capture the magic, light, and atmosphere of significant, familiar places. Together in series, the works become an act of narrative mapping and emotional, subjective documents of experience as well as place. A repetitive use of natural forms recalls formal patterns recalling folk art, printed textiles and surface design.

Daisy trained as a fine artist at Camberwell College of Arts and later studied curating at Chelsea College of Art and Design. She has since worked as a curator in educational and community contexts, alongside developing her own artistic practice.