In this constructivist watercolour, Anna Macdonald captures the fleetingness of the shadows on a winter's morning.
Anna's work delves into the importance of negative space, what she describes as her interpretation of the Zen philosophy "Ma" - the spatial relationship between the structural elements in her piece. She starts with referencing something tangible, be it observed or recollected through memory. Anna then begins to strip away the non-essential aspects of the initial idea leaving behind just the gestural marks.
A very real and modern interpretation of minimalism, Anna's understanding of negative space is a result of her admiration of Abstract Expressionism and Japanese aesthetics with a gradual movement towards Constructivism. The same can be said with her translation of colour from the natural world, Anna removes the superfluous to reveal only the most subtle of variations encouraging the observer to slow down, pause, meditate and take in the tranquility of her work.
BA Hons Art History Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, 1998.
Selected Exhibitions: The Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London, 2018