'Cascade' has been inspired by mid-century Abstraction and Abstract Art of the 1950s and is influenced by looking how abstract art uses shape, form, line, and colour and how the composition may exist independent of visual references in the world.
Departure from reality in depiction of imagery is an aspect of abstraction. Moving away from representing in an accurate way can be partial or complete and total abstraction bears no trace of resemblance to anything recognisable. By the end of the 19th century many artists felt a need to create a new kind of art which would encompass the fundamental changes taking place in science and philosophy.
Cubism which alters the forms of real life and fauvism in which colour of reality is conspicuously and deliberately altered are among the art movements that embody partial abstraction. Abstract line, which uses continuous simple lines were used to create shapes and forms, were a hallmark of Joan Miro’s and other abstract artists working during the 1950’s and 1960’s.
Abstract art is incredibly versatile, as actual objects and people are not featured in the abstract imagery, its places the focus on the visual mood rather than the realist content.
Playing with colour, pattern and form, ‘Cascade’ plays on the use of irregular squares incorporating abstract line to create shapes. Using line alone, keeps the design ‘simple’ and takes its cue from the ‘abstract line’ art of the 50s and 60s.