Editions Gallery: KUKAN

WP_000991-600x54123 July – 24 August 2014

Mon – Fri 9.30am – 5.30pm, Saturdays 11am – 4pm


KUKAN is a new body of work by Jacqui Priestly and isa Japanese term used to describe an elusive unattainable ’empty space’ within the mind.

Jacqui is interested in exploring aspects of memory and its relationship to physical location.  Herwork draws on memories of her surroundings from the mundane to the extraordinary and through a dialogue with the painting process and the physical properties of the medium, engages with the idea and structures of memory traces and triggers.

It involves an exploration of the abstract possibilities of paint, especially those concerned with surface, layering, obfuscation, mark and colour and is linked conceptually to the Japanese aesthetic of Wabi-Sabi. The paintings feature abrupt shifts cross-currents and marks designed to constructively agitate the viewer, prompting and challenging them to look beyond the two dimensional plane to a space beyond. Kukan is a Japanese term used to describe an elusive unattainable ‘empty space’ within the mind. Unattainable because space is never empty, it is the product of interaction and interrelation and holds endless possibilities.

Cook Street, Liverpool