Jimy Sloan’s painting practice has included source material from photographs, magazines, newspapers, public archives and the Internet, combined to create overlaid and interwoven images. His paintings become a way to create non-verbal stories, which relate places, events, characters, objects and themes. They are also an attempt to suggest moving images; an idea that is informed by painting, video and aural tradition.
In a recent series, Sloan explored figuration by containing an area of abstract mark-making with negative space in solid black or colour. In other paintings, the figurative elements are cut into the abstract painting with a sense of collage. Sloan also develops a sense of motion, with figures moving away or forward in the space.
Sloan begins his works with a manual painting process, then takes a photograph and moves it into the computer to experiment. Working digitally provides him with ideas of how to manipulate his paintings when he returns to the canvas. Throughout the development of his works, Sloan goes back and forth between the manual and the digital processes.
“I currently work on large painted canvas surfaces, exploring depth and texture, while transforming figure and form. My surfaces attempt to disrupt traditional methods of visual representation through the exploration of a process-oriented studio practice; the paintings are used as a direct way of speaking, to illustrate a dialogue between literal and expressive powers, as I search for a method of working that reflects the now and the contemporary. In an age of parallel dialogues and content sharing that is mirrored in a shift in language away from spoken and written communication and towards the digital, I choose to interpret these ideas visually and metaphorically, pairing them with my interest in oral traditions, storytelling, and communication. The idea that one image can have multiple interpretations that shift as the viewer becomes aware of new elements and their position within the work is captivating.
My process-oriented approach allows me to include an ongoing investigation of materials and pigmentation, which in turn has made me aware of the potential of a broken image plane to create unique, visually rich environments that speak openly and engage with the time that we live in. Exploring the material surface through points, lines, and planes creates pattern and figuration representative of assembled elements of topography and drawn forms, ” Jimy Sloan.
Jimy Sloan is from Sackville, Nova Scotia. He graduated from NSCAD University in 2012 with a BFA, Fine Arts, Major in painting, and completed NSCAD’s New Glasgow residency program in 2013. He now lives and works in Prospect, Nova Scotia.