About Second Thoughts: Series Two | RESPAIR
The works in both series were created using and capitalising on paints and other materials that had seeped under other works in process, onto their cardboard support surfaces. When the primary works were removed, visible traces of their making were revealed; a surprising array of unpredictable marks, seemingly random colour mixes and new forms. These happy collisions and collusions of instinct, accident and expression, prompted me to consider employing a kind of forensic examination of the vestiges of what remained and use them as pointers to suggest and direct the making of some new, purely abstract works; ego-less and devoid of any representational triggers.
The title Respair is a rare and sadly obsolete word, coined by Andrew of Wyntoun, a Scottish poet and chronicler who lived between c.1350 and c. 1423. It means “the return of hope after a period of despair”. A sublime word, it seems appropriate to both the works themselves, born as they were, out of unconscious gestures and their unforeseen consequences, and as a heartening and optimistic response to the increasingly uncertain and stressful times we’re living in. Perhaps the time is right to rescue “respair” itself from the darkness.
Second Thoughts, the set of miniature abstract works Mills produced during the Covid-19 lockdown in 2020, surprisingly and gratifyingly, sold out very quickly. However, due to their limited numbers, there were many people who were disappointed in being unable to acquire one. Since that time he has received numerous enquiries as to whether he might consider producing another series, and so, following the same thinking and processes as employed in the first, he has produced another set of 30 tiny works, which are now available to purchase.
The artworks, made using used include oils, acrylics and watercolour, metallic paints, rust, etching varnish, and varnish are all different sizes. All are in matt black unglazed frames measuring 23 cm high x 17.5 cm wide. Each is signed and numbered on the reverse, and are available to buy at £150.00 (UK Sterling) plus tracked and signed post and packing.
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