Michael Roderick Wedderburn’s work exemplifies how an artist’s individualistic style and character is expressed within automatic and intuitive art-making methods. Drawing inspiration from automatic drawing and action painting he transcends the picture plane. From flat to highly textured paintings, from figural to completely abstract sculpture, he explores Automatism, a purely expressive methodology, from both a conventional and non-conventional standpoint. Within this exhibition there are three main bodies of work: the works of anatomical Automatism; the figures and the purely abstract. The work created is a by-product of an aggressive working environment, a practice which involves expressing a life with Marfans syndrome. The artist’s own anatomy is an overbearing shadow, a daily reminder of circumstantial restrictions and physical ailment caused by this illness. Awkwardly bent posture, off-set balance, inscrutable bodily forms and proportions, cuts and scars from medical procedures, are just a few of the over-whelming reminders of illness which aggravate his sensibilities. With a dire need to express his angst for this intimidating illness he exposes what plagues his daily contemplations and unconscious nature, and then attacks it to ensure a purely expressive means of manifesting his unconscious through painterly and sculptural form.
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