Lyndsey Ingram’s summer exhibition shows work by British artist Ann-Marie James. James’ process-based abstraction is grounded in historical imagery that she has distilled, manipulated and then used to build the foundations for new images.
James’ source materials include classical texts, ancient objects, museum artefacts and antique books. Ovid’s ‘Metamorphoses’ are a prevailing influence and themes of transformation and alchemy infuse her pictures.
The show presents two series, one that references Albrecht Dürer’s ‘The Sea Monster’ and ‘Madonna with the Monkey’, the other Katsushika Hokusai’s iconic ‘Under the Wave off Kanagawa (Kanagawa oki nami ura)’, also known as ‘The Great Wave’, from the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (Fugaku sanjūrokkei).
Recognisable motifs from these master works are ever present, yet altered and obscured by their complex layering between swathes of fluid pattern and colour. The viewer is drawn into the viscose, seductive surface of Jame’s pictures, compelled to find the elusive forms that are hidden there.After Hokusai, 2019