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Marguerite Horner’s The Stories we tell ourselves (detail)
Oil on canvas 20 x 20cm
"My practice is concerned with the non-material, a reality we can access through contemplation and painting.
Today the moving image dominates our world and whilst visually powerful in so many respects, it denies us the opportunity for stillness and reflection. The value of a painting lies in its ability to induce a contemplative state in the viewer. As Walter Benjamin says ‘before it the spectator can abandon himself to his associations.’ For me, the value of contemplation lies in its ability to reconcile the heart and the mind into one. I’m inspired by Merleau-Ponty’s observation that it is ‘precisely because painting does not ‘copy’ things, and because it does not offer things to thought as does science but presents them immediately and bodily, in their depth and movement, that painting gives a true sense of the world and what it means to see it.’ Through my work I’m interested in enquiring into the ways in which man may be related to the infinite. Upon the framework of this enquiry my paintings aim to investigate, amongst other things, notions of transience, intimacy, loss and hope. I use the external world as a trigger or metaphor for these experiences? and through a period of gestation and distillation, I make a series of intuitive decisions that lead the work towards completion"
Marguerite Horner, London