Abstract Paintings and accessing a new place
Abstract Paintings; A New Place, come from the feeling, emotional and physical of experiencing ‘newness’.
The Feeling of Newness
Here is an explanation of the brain chemistry of ‘newness’ by Dr Michael M. Merzenrich, professor Emeritus at UC San Francisco, in his blog science 2.0
“Your brain releases several special ‘modulatory transmitters’ (chemicals that change the brain in a positive way), whenever you are pleasantly surprised. For example, norepinephrine and acetylcholine flood the brain whenever something unexpected or novel occurs in your world. If it’s a positive or delightful surprise… you feel rewarded, and your brain also releases dopamine”.
Dr Merzenrich goes on to explain that norepinephrine release is responsible for ‘turning the lights on’ or sharpening our attention when something new or unexpected takes place, while acetylcholine’s job is to ramp up the brains’ ability to record and remember the event.
The energy in the piece
I want the sense of newness, the brain chemistry that I experience in the seeing to function in the process of making the artwork; so that the materials used, the colour, the mark-making and patterns are creating those chemical releases in the brain while I’m in the process of making. If I know too much what I am doing, and predictability takes over then too often I’ve lost the energy in the piece.