VANESSA OTER

Bio

My home is situated just metres from the landscape where sheep and cows graze and potatoes and onions grow, and has been my subject for a few years now.

My paintings are layered and full with a very intuitive colour palette.  The underpainting and mark making are deliberately covered up and rubbed back over and over again.  It is within the process of making to build a true surface that exhibits history and substance is what is of importance to my practice.

I rarely use brushes. I feel it is so important to be as close to the work as possible by drawing, squeezing paint directly from the tube, turning the canvas upside down, sideways, throwing buckets of pigment and turps and letting it all fall as it should. Painting is a physical extension of my thoughts, my desires, my subconscious dialogue as abstract (non representational) form. 

I lived in the suburbs with a huge amount of exposure to the city for most of my childhood...I then traveled overseas after art school exploring many cities : London, Berlin, Toronto, New York City....with fate luring me to an almost 5 year stint in NYC..where I painted in my studio apartment at night and worked all day  The city offered me so much in terms of attitude and the art museums and galleries across the world gave me my true education. The walls, the graffiti, the energy...left a lifelong impression on my painting that feeds my work out in the country here in Victoria to this day...

I have always loved the accidental nature of abstraction, its playfulness and its anger, its connection to my emotions..I feel so innately connected to nature, spending time out doors is paramount to my knowledge and understanding of seeing and painting my observations in an abstract manner allows me to be freer to create a more personal response to my subject. 

The texture, the shapes, the ever changing colour gives me a never ending visual I can interpret as I please and as nature predicts, nothing is ever perfect or ordered...It is the journey through the process of making that determines the works' finale...this is the joy, the unknowing of it all, the fear and the courage, the everything...