“There’s no separation between self and other, and everything is interconnected.” Thich Nhat Hanh
From the architecture we inhabit to the building blocks of reality, Jill Tate surveys the visible and invisible structures that shape our shared and personal space.
Tate’s work often returns to the theme of home, regarding it as both a physical and psychological structure which permeates all levels of experience. The domestic scenes portrayed in Tate’s paintings exist to embody the abstract concepts at their root.
The place we call home can feel like a sanctuary or a prison, whether it is made of bricks or brain cells. The tension and oscillation between opposites such as comfort and fear or peace and violence, plays out quietly in the sparsely furnished environments that she creates. Her constructed spaces are both a passive backdrop to, and an active participant in, the uncertain happenings within.
Tate uses earth colours to evoke the literal and metaphysical ground from which everything arises and returns, with light playing a crucial role in illuminating form and offering hope through the darkness. She considers that all things are fundamentally made of the same stuff; energy temporarily organised and subjectively experienced as solid matter, akin to a scene emerging from an arrangement of paint on a canvas.
Ongoing questions are what fuel Tate’s work. When internal perceptions, thoughts and feelings are inseparable from external actions and their effects, where are the boundaries at which our responsibilities begin and end? How can we aspire to have peace in the world while struggling to find peace in our own minds? Can we take time out from the relentless race for progress, to nurture and solidify the ground on which our structures are precariously built?