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June Collier

June Collier/Sleevenotes

June Collier
"It was never my conscious intention but I see now that in its’ own way my work shows the story of my life as it emerged from deep inside me. It tells of my childhood, my intimate relationships or lack of them, my difficult connection to my family, the ending of my parents' lives and my own dark time in hospital. The Sea Paintings & Nature Series grew from more uplifting times. 

I try to get the charcoal or paint to become the thing it is describing so that whatever I am speaking about feels real & very present and summons you to be present too. 

I usually paint in series which take maybe two or three years to complete. Most of the works consist of many layers and it's a long time before I know how to resolve them. There are alive, exciting moments that get hidden forever by the work on top. I often take photos of these and document the working process.

At some point each working day I have to be able to step aside & let the paintings come through me, trust that they will paint themselves if I give them the chance, that part of me knows exactly how to do it if only I can give it the freedom to speak. 

The rest of the time doing the work is extraordinarily difficult."
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