Cutting mat

The cutting mat, 150 x 130 cm, oil on canvas, 2010
Gate pose, 150 x 130 cm, oil on canvas, 2010

Groobey’s approach to painting is quite physical and takes on a performative element. Because of their scale, her large paintings are made with the canvas positioned on the floor; Groobey has to literally traverse the canvas as she creates the image. While physically manoeuvring herself in relation to the painted figure, her body replicates the complicated stretching and bending of her subjects.

Patrica Ellis, 2010

Bridge pose, 150 x 130 cm, oil on canvas, 2010

The act of painting these figures takes over from their depiction, whereby the gesture becomes so important they nearly become like abstraction or pure form or movement. To what extent can true emotion and real experience be in the genesis of an artwork and the finished product itself?

Douglas Park, Marestreet Biennale, 2010