CHAIN REACTION is the result of 3 artists shared experience of a year long project. Patti Keane, Suzanne Lanchbury and Beate Shallcross have created a series of works linked by a creative chain reaction.
The first link in the chain was a title chosen by Beate. At the end of week one Patti interpreted the given words and worked towards a completed art work in response. She chose an 'element' – an idea, emotion or 'essence' that was felt to be the most powerful theme to emerge from the week's work and struggle. Expressed in words, the element was passed on at the end of the week to Suzanne who took up the challenge and produced her piece of work. The next week she then passed an element to Beate. The process was repeated each week during the course of the year with 52 pieces of art created in 52 weeks.
We continued to work in our own studios on our given elements, taking on the chain in turn. Diaries were kept and each week every idea, sketch, trauma and cliché was exposed to each others gaze during lively meetings. Collaboration was mainly through discussion. The fast turn around tested each of us in unforeseen ways with deep rooted methods of working and thinking being questioned.
This is a series of work with a sense of a renewed joy in the act of creation itself. We invite you to follow the themes and links between our 52 vibrant paintings and sculptures.