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The Ooze Machines series of watercolour paintings explore how Heaney and others overflowed their own boundaries and interacted with each other in perhaps unwanted ways.

Heaney sees watercolour as quantum-like. You might imagine that quantum particles, like atoms, become more and more precise as lengths scales become smaller, but this is not what happens.
 Rather, atoms start to behave like waves and overflow over their own supposed boundaries, just as on wet paper depictions of objects swell, overflowing their own boundaries, merging with other forms, entangling.
 

Heaney initially works on wet paper so the water follows it’s own inner sensorium, creating it’s own depitions of objects that she works into the composition. Fine details, undulating lines, tide lines, text and gentle marks draw the viewer into this im-exploded microcosm of quantum perception, unrealised memories and interior life. Following a process of journaling about personal experiences where boundaries were crossed, Heaney works spontaneously on the paper quickly building up layers related to memories and emotions, reshaping and reworking traumatic events.

Watercolour also has it’s own agency, it’s inner sensorium creeping across the paper. As the watery surface dries tide marks form, outlines of new landscapes, new bodies and new entanglements form, which Heaney works into the composition.

Gradually, Heaney creates a layered multiverse across the page, suggesting a mingling of different realities and perspectives simultaneously.

I am an ooze machine, 2024, watercolour, watercolour pencil and gouache on Fabriano paper, 101 x 66 cm.

You are an ooze machine, 2024, watercolour, watercolour pencil and gouache on Fabriano paper, 99.5 x 70 cm. 

We are ooze machines, 2024, watercolour, watercolour pencil and gouache on Fabriano paper, 99.5 x 70 cm.

 

Photos: Bernard G Mills