Statement

Adrian Mundy’s work deals with the themes of loneliness and isolation and can be summed up with a notice on his studio wall.

The more I get out,
The more I do,
The more people I meet,
The lonelier I feel.

Only recently getting a studio, it is another step on his journey as he emerges into the outside world, from 24 years of M.E. and agoraphobia, when even the thought of stepping out the front door was scary. The experience of having a dedicated space to work and think in has had a huge transforming effect on his work. He started off planning to use experiences from the past, as themes for paintings, but that changed with the studio and instead used his own feelings from the present.

Mundy uses the process of painting as therapy. With virtually no external stimulus or release mechanisms, over the years thoughts and emotions have continually circled his brain like a washing machine on perpetual spin cycle. However, he is slowly learning to express and lock these away in his work and designs emerge almost fully formed with only minimal tweaking in the full scale drawings. The actual process of applying paint to canvas is also very therapeutic as concentration is needed to create the sharp edges, while the negative feelings slowly fade away.

Technically, Mundy’s work uses words to dictate the position of subjective colours on a related 3D grid, with each colour representing a different letter, a process he calls ‘predetermined randomness’. Previous work used word and number puzzles before moving onto his personal experiences. The words for some of these latest paintings come from letters and emails sent to him, while with his most recent work he has had the courage to use his own words, knowing that nobody will be able to work out what he has written. A number of these new works only use selective letters, the rest left blank, creating hidden sections of the grid, to create an even more random pattern.

Inspiration comes from MC Escher’s optical illusions and patterns; the shapes in Sir Terry Farrell’s architecture and the colours of Patrick Caulfield’s paintings.