'Geochroma'

Sweet+Shore is an art and science based creative partnership. Anne Penman Sweet is a visual artist and graduate of Central Saint Martins (University of the Arts, London) and is represented by Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London. Anne has been exhibiting internationally for 18 years. Dr Jesse Shore was Senior Curator of Sciences at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, for many years, specialising in science communication and the creation of exhibitions. He is the founder of Prismatic Sciences, a science communication consultancy. We are based in Sydney, Australia.

After several years of development, we have created a body of work we call ‘Geochroma’. These are mathematically inspired artworks which reflect the inherent geometry and symmetry found in nature such as mineral crystals, honeycombs, snowflakes, the Fibonacci spirals of shells.

We contrast hard-edge patchworks of linear panels with ambiguous, abstract, painterly spaces to create an interplay between fluidity and structure, solidity and transience. We draw on Jesse's background as a geologist and mineralogist, our appreciation of the mathematically based drawings of M.C Escher, the Geometric Abstractionists and Minimalists of the 20th century, and the artists Carmen Herrera, Frank Stella and Mary Corse.

Our materials of choice are aluminium composite panels machined into geometric shapes which are used individually or in groupings. The panels are primed with up to twenty layers of hand-made glue gesso which, after many hours of preparation, provide a luminous and light-reflective surface for the oil paint. One of the satisfying aspects of our work is the marriage of the old (glue gesso is one of the most traditional art materials dating back to at least the 14th century) with the new (aluminium composite panels are one of the most recent).

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