Michele Theunissen // Deletion
Deletion, a new body of work by Michele Theunissen, finds concurrence in materials explored and a sense of the world’s condition. These paintings continue an interest in impermanence and the ephemeral nature of things and nothing. While there is no specific subject pinned at the start, an interest in lost systems of language: strange ancient alphabets; patterns of organic geometry based in hexagons; the colour-coded geometry of African peoples, are elements that hover subliminally, unrealised and dimly understood. More importantly, the painting process engages with the nature of materials. Adding, washing away, inscribing and deletion occur in a place of unthought. In this struggle, surfaces are lost and found. In the slowly evolving process, traces are built on until something emerges that comprises a whole, which touches memory but remains unrealised.