Rendered with a luminous application of colour, Angela Heisch’s paintings are composed of repeated motifs, curving forms, and delicate dark lines. Drawing inspiration from organic bodies, patterns in nature, and architecture, the artist’s abstract language seeks to capture the sensation of her observations. Heisch’s enigmatic forms encounter one another on the canvas, creating tension or waves of energy though interlocking or obstructive relationships.

 

Each work is characterised by a sense of movement, a fluidity reflected in the opposing properties that coexist on the canvas – hard and soft, light and dark, flatness and depth. Presenting her paintings psychological spaces, Heisch seeks an active relationship with the viewer, provoking playful engagement through association and familiar forms.

 

Heisch’s application of pigment – whether in oils or pastel on paper – accentuates its physicality and ability to embody weight. Evoking atmospheric descriptors of pressure and light – such as density, dampness and haze – opaque expanses present boundless, impenetrable space, while luminously soft areas appear to drift off the surface of the canvas. Though Heisch delineates her forms intuitively, each relates to an architectural structure where lines and planes of colour provide a foundation upon which to hang or build upwards. These complex compositions bring together elements with conflicting properties – solid contours, soft gradients, delicate lines, sweeping stretches of colour, geometric shapes and organic, flowing forms. Each encounter generates a palpable flow of energy – at times, even a sense of claustrophobia, as its momentum approaches the bounds of the canvas. With the picture plane acting as a container, the image appears as an interior realm or psychological landscape, where diminutive circular forms seem to gaze back at the viewer. Located in this reflection is a stillness – a sense of calm that counterbalances the emanation of growth. Such playful contradiction is at the heart of the artist’s practice, with ideas emerging as unsettled or inconclusive. Heisch invites the viewer to respond with curiosity, presenting an open-ended state of possibility.