David Derish b. 1986

Statement

 

Painting begins, in a sense, with what an image can only suggest. My engagement with representation involves a search for something beneath the surface of things, the psychological tension that exists underneath the mundane which demands deeper attention. 

 

I am intrigued by the organic energy that can be generated through the act of creating which seems to have a life of its own. This energy is of more interest to me than what the painting looks like. Similarly, direct, dynamic engagement with materials is as significant to me as the original inspiration, and determine the form that my work ultimately takes. 

 

It is the presence that a painting can have as an object in the world, capable of conveying a direct sensation that cannot be captured by an image or language that defines my relationship to painting as an ongoing investigation of reality.