Anita Beaney / The Untroubled Mind

The Untroubled Mind is the title of an essay by the painter Agnes Martin. My latest body of work takes its name from that essay in which Martin talks about finding solitude in nature, inspiration and abstraction.I feel I am looking to find peace and inspiration by being in the natural environment. I am hope to convey the calm I feel through my subject matter in my images.

This painting I like because you can get in there and rest. These paintings are about freedom from the cares of this world from worldliness… Art restimulates inspirations and awakens sensibilities that’s the function of art… It is an untroubled mind.Of course we know that an untroubled state of mind cannot last so we say that inspiration comes and goes but really it is there all the time waiting for us to be untroubled again. All the moments of inspiration added together make what we call sensibility.– Agnes Martin

“Works from this series are vignettes of nature and also of subconscious states. The images were shot with a medium format camera, a Mamiya twin lens c330 using 120 roll film then printed on to watercolour paper. Analogue photographic techniques were employed to obtain detail and quality and then realised in a painterly manner though the size of the print and the quality of the paper.”

Anita is a freelance photographer based in Jan Juc. She works in portraiture and fashion. Twice short-listed for the National Photographic Portrait Prize, Anita’s work seeks out the complexity of the human form and the simplicity of the natural one.

Anita’s solo exhibition runs from April 27- May 20. To see a full exhibition listing click here.