Lorna Syme

Website: https://lornasyme.wordpress.com/

Email: lornaworking@yahoo.com

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Photograph. Yellow paint and scroll. February 2015.

Detail, watercolour painting 2013.

Watercolour study, December 2014

Detail, watercolour painting, 2015.

Watercolour study 8.4.16

Watercolour study 12.5.16 (2)


I am interested in the interplay of abstraction and figuration, particularly in watercolour painting. The freedom of expression that abstract watercolour provides for the artist and the materials - as well as the freedom of interpretation it allows the viewer - seems to contain potential for development.

The artists and thinkers who influence me most at present are Gerhard Richter (b.1932), especially regarding his abstract watercolour techniques, aiming at pure abstraction but accepting that figurative elements may become apparent in the finished painting; Joseph Beuys (1921-86), for his belief that everyone is an artist and his assertion that first-hand experience of materials can allow us to discover the forces that travel through things; John Dewey (1859-1952) and his philosophy on art as experience, seeing the work of art not so much as the artwork itself but the effect that an artwork can have with respect to human experience; and Jacques Derrida (1930-2004), for his enquiry into our assumptions about the world and his emphasis on keeping our conceptual horizons open to the unforeseen.
I am also interested in the belief of Roger Hilton (1911-75) that abstraction is only a step towards a new kind of figuration. These are ideas I hope to research further through painting.


In June 2015 I completed the BA (Hons) Fine Art course at Moray School of Art, Elgin, part of the University of the Highlands and Islands.