The open window 2021
acrylic on linen
30 x 34 x 18 cm
Blyton marries method with meaning by handcrafting each of her works using precise, reductivist techniques. Her finished works—shaped, minimal canvases designed to hang on a wall—occupy a liminal zone between traditional painting and sculpture. Their unpretentious simplicity belies the considerable care, time, and problem solving that goes into their construction.
Precision and focus are a big part of what inspires Blyton, as is evident in the care she takes at every stage of her process. It is not only physical method that matters to her however, she is also motivated by the meditative aspect of the search for coincidental beauty.
Throughout the creation of a work, the relationship between light, shadow and colour evolves, and the character of the form changes as the texture of the raw linen negotiates with the painted areas. This exercise is as much about the coming together of formal elements as it is about the transcendence of raw materials into an aesthetic object capable of projecting meaning into a physical space.