The repetition of the heart symbol throughout the Love Letters series speaks of passion, connection, universal heartache and the longing that comes with separation from kindred souls. In these acrylic-on-canvas pieces, Watson-Thorp uses lines that speak to her from decades of long-lost family correspondence and her own personal collection of letters. From the burning embers of these archives this fiery series was born.
Brushstrokes are interrupted with splashes and drips of paint and colourful bursts are surrounded by fragmented sentences. Her palette for this series is exclusively blood red, ultramarine blue, deep indigo and white referencing old airmail envelopes in what she says is a “tribute to the written word”. These strong colours evoke the power of feeling that the paintings create.