Ahead of the opening of her new solo show at Jealous we are delighted to welcome back Ally McIntrye to British shores. We spoke with Ally to discuss her new artist direction and the upcoming show 'Decaf Honey' coming to Jealous East 2nd November 2017
- Welcome back to Jealous for your third solo show! How does it feel to be back in the welcoming arms of Jealous?
It feels really good to be back and I'm excited to get going.
- The exhibition is titled ‘Decaf Honey’ and features a new direction in your work, tell us about how this came about.
The new direction is focused on the materiality of paint, the tradition of painting, and the task at hand. This came about during a major transition in my life, which required me to exercise clarity, reflection, and focus daily.
- Your new work feels more serendipitous, embracing chance and the intuitive feeling as new marks are laid down, were the paintings pre-planned or were they truly as instinctive as they feel?
My process adapts to itself as the painting goes along, in a way the painting is serendipitous because I never know how it will turn out, even with planning a move in advance, which is a lot like life. There is risk in losing a painting but that is what makes it feel alive, because when it is done it has that history behind it. Honouring that process I tried not to be too precious with this work and risked that loss.
- This body of work features more black than we’ve seen in your previous works, was this a conscious decision?
The use of black was formally motivated - it adds needed contrast that I felt was essential to the subject matter. But its purpose in the paintings change, depending on the various figure/ground relationships.
- Your work has always had a strong focus on nature and the symbols and hidden meanings and narratives that come from their image. Did you have this in mind when creating your new body of work?
Yes, these paintings are filled with a scattering of personal scrawls which draw from my personal experiences during this monumental time. This body of work feels focussed on a particular subject/symbol and is very dear to me.
- Which of your new paintings is your favourite and why?
My favourite is Coyote. I attribute that work with the feelings of summer rain, heat, and magic.
-You’re based back in Canada, do you think the change in location has had an effect on your painting?
A change in location was extremely valuable to the work that was produced. When I returned to Canada, I was able to be dedicated to my work and life
with little distractions. I took walks for multiple hours everyday with a close friend in the river valley, surrounded by leafs, trees, plants,
animals and watched them change as the season took them to new places. Naturally this bled into the work, what I was surrounded by, what was nurturing
me, I began to paint it. There is something honest in its subject.
- What do you site as your main influences?
My main influences would be those I love, my environment, and how much sleep I get.
- Whats next for Ally McIntyre?
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