Catherine Lette


Jackson's Painting Prize 2021
90 x 90 cm

“This painting was developed from a sketch considering the psychology behind panic-buying toilet roll, which is apparently an indicator of general societal anxiety as opposed to specific worry. The figure is distorted, frozen in a parody of movement, its limbs painted in the same muted shades of the cylindrical forms of the toilet rolls.

I liked the sense that this figure had become subsumed by these objects, almost petrified, save for the claw-like markings of the hand. There is nothing real about this figure, except perhaps its direct gaze, which I think references the reality of the situation that it has been placed in. I wanted the markings to hover between painting and drawing to play with the language of these marks and what they convey.”