Peter Westwood, Afterall, 2019-20
The new (ab)normal

Peter Westwood

Most creative practices seem to form through a prescience, developed before language, and therefore the anxieties of difficult times-such as those we currently face -may manifest through a type of unconscious ‘knowing’. But also, it may be that apprehensions or anxieties that are formed through art could be viewed as productive and beneficial as motive forces –forces that are ahead of things, and that cause something to change, or force actions. Perhaps art is an essential visioning apparatus to understand what we are in, assisting through forming conceptions and possibilities. Although art emerges from the times it is not always understood during those times or indeed throughout the act of creation.

In my practice I find that the need to make images that are both of the world and are not of the world (mediated instead through my own unconscious as they form on the canvas) has gained a new urgency during COVID 19, leading me to understand more profoundly the relationship between image-making and feeling.

About the artist

Peter Westwood’s practice is focused around ideas of being within unsettled conditions, examining the effects of unpredictability within our times. His works appear as an inexplicable cognisance, rather than representation. Peter’s work is represented in museum collections and included in exhibitions in museums and commercial galleries in Australia and overseas. Peter is represented by Blockprojects Gallery, Melbourne and Susan Boutwell Gallery, Munich.