This was a joint exhibition with Emma Bennett initiated/curated by Zavier Ellis, Co-Director, Clapham Art Gallery and Director, ‘CHARLIE SMITH london’ (which aims, via its links with galleries and curators, to promote emerging artists in an international context). There were 13 pieces exhibited in total: 8 by Shepherd and 5 by Bennett. Research imperatives: What is the relationship between imagination and reality as expressed through the process of painting? This research takes as its starting point the romantic precept that the intensely personal/imaginative experiences of the artist may be conveyed through the medium of painting. ‘Reality’, by contrast, presents a world in which images can be manufactured and are determined by a culture of cyberspace and mass media. How can memory and the past be visualised in painting?
The research draws on the work of a number of very different artists of the late seventeenth/eighteenth/early nineteenth centuries, including Jean-Antoine Watteau (1684-1721) and Caspar David Friedrich (1764-1840) in order to reconstruct the present. In the process it explores the concept of memories as imbibed by ‘static’ artefacts, photographs and paintings, and expresses how this might be challenged by the contemporary world of moving images. ‘Between Dog and Wolf’ seeks to conteract the mechanical by allowing the unconcious to bleed its responses onto the paper through the process of painting and explores the ways in which paint can be scraped and dripped onto the canvas (with some areas deliberately left blank): the effect this creates is contrasted with ‘real’ images of actual places/landscapes and figures.