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Kerensa’s paintings question our idea of perception. The compositions of her work are first carefully composed and then unconsciously arranged, thereby freeing the intuition and imagination. Paint is layered, thrown, dripped, knocked and rubbed in to and out of the canvas, a physical act of expressionism and action.
Haynes allows things to “talk to her first,” drawing, photographing, and painting the image until there is some crossover between the emotional and intellectual. Paintings become landscapes of emotion and fields of thought, both spiritual and physical.
As interaction happens between the artist and subject, these feelings then are expressed in space. Sketches are done, looking, asking questions, looking, not looking, forgetting, remembering, recording, photographing and imagining. It is the essence of the image that the viewer is pulled into. The paint forms a language that evokes emotion, dreamlike and surreal.
Kerensa Haynes lives and works in Vancouver, British Columbia. She holds a degree in Visual Arts from The University of Western, London, Ont., and a Diploma in Game Art & Design from The Art Institute of Burnaby/Vancouver, 2006.