original artworks, images & photographs by Jessica Langton
The 'Flowers' Collection
This series explores some fundamental ideas of abstract gestural painting.. It is about a central heart, core or connection and the ripping or flying away of petal-like elements, or torn ribbons of petals from this heart. It is about ideas of stillness and turbulence, Of connection and dispersion...
The flowers are symbolic or they evolve from my photographs and drawn studies to become the vehicle of this exploration.
'Les Jardins Secrets' Collection
On the theme of 'secret gardens' & inspired by personal, private garden spaces & public gardens. Originally created following a wonderful and memorable visit I made to Monet's gardens in Giverny, this project now includes photographs I have taken in gardens in my own region of l'Occitanie, like the Bambouseraie in Anduze.
Then gradually pushing the boundaries towards greater abstraction and rhythmic mark-making, using my photographic studies of cut wood, flowers and bamboo, and eventually maps of places from my childhood...
The 'Orchards & Trees' Collection
Here in the south of France we are surrounded by vines and fruit orchards. The French Mediterranean is known for its olive groves, its peach and apricot orchards…
Walking out from my village I can photograph cherry orchards in blossom or a friend pruning fig trees. The roads are lined with plane trees, some dating back to Napoleon, and the cedar and herb perfumed woodland behind my village has become a daily destination since the lockdown… The symbolism of the seasonal changes of the tree conjures inspiring images for me. The effect of our interaction with trees in an orchard – our imposed geometry in contrast with natural, organic growth - interests me too.
The appearance of symmetry which is not in fact symmetrical and expanded-arm drawing help make these paintings feel like body-maps. ‘Tree’ evolves into a symbol of my body, rooted, growing and expanding towards the sky or transcendence. The original series was developed in close relationship to yoga practice and spiritual and energy philosophies of the East.
The 'Field & Horizons' Collection
These marks and rhythms echo images of windblown grasses and reeds by the salt lakes and seaside of the Camargue. This landscape of fens, salt lakes and flat pastures calls the eye to its wide horizons. Big sky country, often of unbroken deep blue hues, I am filled with a sense of space to breathe in, of hope and unknown expectations.
The lane pulls me forward towards the horizon. Grasses, trees, bamboo, reeds, vines, fences cut the horizontals, and form a mesh or pattern like woven fabrics, or written notes in music.
I began to develop these small works with a mixture of washes and textured monoprinting: developing contrasts between absorbent and non-absorbent surfaces and between wet washes and drier graphic mark-making. This series of work, at first inspired by the idea of the Elysian Fields of ancient Greek philosophy, also speaks of the way the current of life is cut and crossed by haphazard events and extraordinary experiences.
The 'Circles & Symbols'
Here, a video of me making a painting of a circle... and actions speak louder than words!
A recurrent theme and inspiration, circles, circular movement, ensos, and the movement of dance on the canvas... I continue to produce variations on this theme. But I also began to be interested in other symbols and making paintings and drawings of them, the language of humanity and of common truths. These works are much inspired by my travels in Asia.
The 'Retrospective' Collection