Francesca Wilkinson Shaw

In my paintings there are two main themes. One is about windows and views of layers - creating different planes and depths, and the flicker between them. The other is about bringing randomness back under control; an initial process is allowed its own freedom, but then modified through deliberate actions, accentuating or masking the earlier randomness.

In some cases the shapes are allowed to dominate but in others the spaces between the shapes become more important. Uniting these themes creates subtle ambiguities.

I use my own handwriting not only to create tone but also as an important way of keeping a personal relationship with the surface of the canvas. The meaning of the words also flickers between message and randomness.

The question I set myself is where the boundary between two realities lies - an endless exploration.